Fitness and Fiction
Today’s post comes from our guest contributor, Dillon Walker, who has blended the fictional world of her upcoming novel, Friends, Family and Other Tragedies with her fitness wisdom.
So, why is fitness so important for creatives?
Exercise Gets Your Juices Flowing
When we get stuck with our writing and no words have hit the page for twenty minutes, a lot of people advise taking ten minutes to let your brain relax. However, during that ten-minute break, one of the best things you can do is exercise. Whether that’s going for a quick walk, a run, or doing some yoga stretches, (I personally enjoy going for a mile-long run or doing a few squats), it is tremendously helpful. Exercising is an extremely easy and fun way to get your brain moving and ideas flowing. Those few moments of concentrating on something else brings you back to the blank page refreshed and ready to write!
Writing is Stationary
Writers sit a lot and that can cause a lot of problems for our bodies, by exercising we can avoid those problems. If you wear a sports watch, don’t ignore the reminders to get up and do your steps every hour; those few moments of pacing will help to keep your body healthy, and therefore, your mind too!
Back Pain is Annoying
This is part of the previous tip but back pain’s the worst and requires elaboration. I have been dealing with back pain since I was 15 years old and it’s miserable. The single best thing that I’ve done to help it is exercise, particularly in this case, yoga. I’ve been a practising yogi for a long time and it helps a ton. Trust me, if you’re spending a lot of time at a desk, you want to avoid back pain for as long as you can, and exercise helps you do that.
Mental Illness Is A Thing, And Writers Are Common Sufferers
As a world, we’re becoming much more comfortable with talking about mental illness. There’s long been a stigma that creatives are sufferers, and it’s true because ultimately we’re all human too! Exercise remains one of the best holistic ways to improve your mental health. So, don’t go thinking that exercise is only good for your body, it is medically proven that it does wonders for your mind too.
Exercise releases a fancy little chemical in your brain called dopamine, which is most often related to happiness. Not only does exercise release this chemical, it actually increases your brain’s production of dopamine, so you get a spike at the time – and are then treated to a nice long feeling of happiness for a while afterwards. Which is definitely good for a creative mind.
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Here are Dillon’s Three Simple Workouts to Get Your Writer Self Moving!
Please remember to consult your doctor for advice before undertaking a new exercise regime.
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Dillon Walker is a twenty-year-old self-published author from Missoula, Montana. She has lived there for most of her life, though she still despises all semblance of cold. She published her first book, Dreams from Tea And Coffee when she was nineteen and is currently working on her second novel. She enjoys hiking, reading, cuddling with her dogs, and hiding out in large sweaters while drinking coffee or tea. Her upcoming class, The Master’s Guide to Underage Publishing, launches on SkillShare on November 16th. Visit Dillon on Instagram to enquire about beta reading slots for her upcoming novel.