Do you feel like you are always stuck behind your computer? Do you have a passion for the written word but often struggle with the physical aspect of life? Do you recognize that you need to get healthier, but feel unsure of where to start? The reality is that most of us writers can write on just about any topic out there, but we often struggle with the concept of actually taking care of ourselves.
We are so focused on meeting deadlines and bringing clients ideas to life that we spend countless hours behind a computer screen each day. For most of us this isn’t a hard ship, for we have a true passion for writing. The reality though is that we must learn to take better care of ourselves. If we’re just sitting and typing all day, taking short breaks to eat, then we’re not getting the most out of life. As a writer you have to also focus on what it means to be healthy and fit.
It doesn’t matter what kind of shape you’re in now, for you have the power to change it. You have to figure out how to fit in workouts and make time to take better care of yourself. It’s all about prioritizing, and this is up there on the list. Though keeping your clients happy is important, if you don’t start taking better care of yourself then it’s all for nothing. Fear not, for here we have some amazing tips for helping you the writer to stay healthy and fit and to be a whole lot happier in the process.
Schedule Some Workout Time Each Day
I know, if you’re like most writers then the idea of having time for anything other than writing seems impossible. You can squeeze in a workout and you have to start looking at this as any other appointment in your busy day.
You are going to love how far you can get when you schedule in some workout time and then stick to it. What you have to remember at first is that something is better than anything. Getting outside for a walk, popping in a workout DVD, or lifting some weights all make for an excellent start.
If you don’t schedule it for yourself then you won’t do it. You know how easy it is to get wrapped up in your latest content. You know that this can take over your every thought. So by all means schedule it on your calendar and then set an alarm or notification.
Stick to this appointment just as you would talking to a client. Make this your priority and plan out what you are doing in advance. If taking an hour out of your day to get to workout class is within your reach then go for it—you can always build up to this and make it a goal!
Look For Inspiration
As writers we all need inspiration in our lives. We know what tends to inspire us when it comes to our work. We need the right environment and to feel the right way to be successful with our writing ventures. The same holds true for staying healthy and fit, and if you need a bit of inspiration then search it out. If you can’t go it alone or stick to your plan, then find some helpful inspiration to help you to do so.
Many writers find that inspiration for this new and healthy foundation can come in the way of other writers. Check out other blogs or written pieces about better health like these. This can give you a little insight into what it is like to live with a health condition such as diabetes if you don’t make the decision to get healthier.
Use that inspiration to help you to commit to a new regimen that includes of course workouts, but also eating right, getting enough sleep, and learning to manage your stress. Think of what could happen if you don’t make the decision to get healthier—and then allow that to motivate you to stick with the program and see it through.
Get Creative and Remember What It’s All For
Yes it’s likely that you’re thinking that another task is the last thing that you need. You’re busy enough and you can’t keep up with the work that you have. You’re doing just fine and you have a bunch of reasons why you need to get fit and healthier. This makes for the perfect opportunity to get a bit creative. Schedule some personal time and get up and move around your office, or better yet work on an exercise ball for a bit.
Set the goal for yourself that you can’t start writing until you’ve walked or run for 20 minutes. Take a five minute break and get in a couple of sets of push ups and burpees, or run in place for some good cardio.
Take the time to prepare a healthy lunch that gives you the energy that you need to power through that afternoon jam session. Get up a little earlier and get in a workout before the sun comes up—you will be amazed at how much energy you actually get out of this.
Setting Specific Goals Can Help A Lot
If you are having trouble getting started then set goals for yourself. Think of what your starting point is and what you want to get out of this. It may be weight loss, it may be a better body, or it may just be to get healthier. Whatever your long term goals are, use your shorter term goals to help you to get there.
It may be that you aim to workout three times per week and prepare healthy meals five days per week. This is an individual journey that absolutely all writers can benefit from. So no matter how busy you may feel right now, consider what getting healthier means to you and why it’s essential. Get out from behind that computer screen, get moving, set goals for yourself, and know that this will help you to be a happier person and more productive writer in the long term!