I hardly move, other than purposeful exercise. My writing career, combined with the work-at-home aspect of the job just makes it so. After all, it's only 10 steps from here in my home office over to my kitchen for lunch. In fact, on weekdays when my children don't have school, I hardly leave the house.
But, I'm not lazy. I love running, working out, skiing, kayaking, camping, and skating. Those things are fun. In addition, I admit to a bit of vanity. Much of my working out focuses on staying trim and fighting the years.
But, it's more than that.
I ran into this book on Google Play: Brain Rules by John Medina. The scientist is a developmental molecular biologist who says that exercise is absolutely required for well-functioning brains. Specifically, aerobic exercise aids in bringing blood to the brain and for energy and to help rid the brain of toxins. It also helps neurons to fire. Now, I think I've heard this all before (have you?).
As a writer, I (you) need that fast thought, that organizational ability, that talent in seeing big-picture messages in small phrases. You (I) need a strong memory and ability to focus. At the same time, our hours at the keyboard mean that very little natural movement happens in our workday. This combination makes us distinctly subject to the potential atrophy that could come from non-movement. BUT it also means we stand to benefit even more than the average Joe from purposeful movement!
So, if you're starting to face that mid-month struggle with your "I'm going to exercise" resolution, do consider adding this benefit to your list of motivations. Not only will your vanity thank you, but your clients will, too.
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