When we talk about writing-related afflictions, people tend to jump straight to mental stress and point to emotional stress as the smoking gun. But something many do not realise is the toll a writing lifestyle takes on our bodies. Given the physically stagnant nature of what we do, there are a myriad of things we can end up suffering from if we don’t take care to look after ourselves. Anyone with a deskjob is proably already familiar with the dangers of frequently sitting down for long periods of time.
Writing will change your body, almost as much as your mind. Our posture will be horrendous, our weight will either go up or spiral down denpending on the person, our hands can grow to suffer from frequent cramps, and then there’s something I struggle a lot with, backpain. Mine comes from an old skiing injury, which only makes exercising so much more important for me.
So spend that extra bit of money on a good chair. Pay attention to your body, if you begin to feel pain stop whatever it is your doing and take a break. Go take an hour-long walk, or go for a run if you feel up to it.
If you are an author, a poet, or someone who looks at writing as a hobby, the best piece of advice I can give you is to get a gym membership and get into the habit of working out. If you look after your body it will look after you! Take it from me, you do not want to wait until you reach a point where pain becomes an every-day thing for you.
There are also other benefits of adopting an active lifestyle in paralell with your writing. The more you get into the habit of draining yourself physically the more you will see an increase in mental energy. Many writers experience getting stuck in their writing, going to the gym and working out can fix some of that. It has done so for me in the past. It allows you to gather your thoughts and sift through the impressions you want to incorporate by taking a step back from them for a short while.
If the idea of going to a gym terrifies you, as I know it can for some people, go on that long walk I mentioned earlier and make that your habit instead. There you have it, get your gluteus maximus out of that chair and work on that cardio. You owe it to yourself and you deserve to stay healthy! : )