Monday, Mar 30, 2009

Sit, Stay Healthy, and Write

By nature, writing usually requires a sedentary position. When we get so engrossed in our work, however, we may sometimes forget that we need to get our bodies moving in order to stay healthy. Here are some things you can do while at your writing desk:

  • Use an exercise foot pedal to keep your circulation flowing while you write. These can be purchased online at a very reason price. Here are a few places that sell them:

1 – FootSmart 

2 – Walgreens

3 – Target 

  • Get up every hour to stretch your muscles. Do some jumping jacks or stretches. Take a walk to the mailbox and breathe in the fresh air, expanding your lungs to their full capacity.
  • Don’t forget your eyes. Every ten minutes, look away from your computer at an object at least ten feet away and count to ten. This is called the 10-10-10 exercise. When we continually look at our computer screens for long periods of time, we put stress on our near vision eye muscles. These need to be relaxed periodically, so follow the 10-10-10 rule. To remind me of this, I downloaded a free application which you can find here: Vision Defense.

Follow these simple instructions so you can stay healthy and keep writing! 🙂



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6 thoughts on “Sit, Stay Healthy, and Write

  1. Don’t forget your hands. We need to stretch our hands on a regular basis to help prevent carpal tunnel syndrom. It’s pretty easy. Think of it as “prayer stretch.”

    Put your hands/palms together, like you’re praying, with your fingers pointed up and your elbows out. Slowly, rotate your wrists so that your fingers are pointing away from you. Then rotate back so they are pointing at your chest. If you have some carpal tunnel, this will hurt.

    Next, put the backs of your hands together with fingers pointing down. Rotate your wrists so that your fingers point out and then back again to your chest.

    It’s a great stretch for writers!

    March 30, 2009 at 10:07 AM