Writers have an interesting occupation and wonderful way of life. Part of the work of a writer involves investigating and exploring topics that interest not only the writer personally but the world as a whole. Writers get to tell stories and help right wrongs if they are lucky. While the job can be very rewarding and fulfilling, it also has its pitfalls. The biggest downfall of the profession is that it tends to promote a sedentary lifestyle. Unfortunately, many jobs are becoming more and more sedentary as technology improves and the world progresses further into the 21st Century. However, there are ways to combat the sedentary aspects of writing jobs. Here are some health and fitness tips for writers.
1. Stay Active While Working–Make a plan to get up and move around every 20 to 30 minutes. This goal could be achieved via different methods. For example, the scribe could set an alarm on a watch, tablet, or smartphone to let them know it is time to move around. A storyteller could use the technology to their advantage and for their well-being. Whether they get up and move around, convert a workstation into a walk station, do some stretches, or run and/or walk in place, the point is to just keep moving while at work.
2. Pedaling for Better Health and Fitness–A wordsmith could also invest in a small pedal machine for under their desk or work area. Many models can be purchased for under $100. Moreover, these devices can be placed on a counter or desktop and used as an arm bicycle for upper body exercise. These machines not only provide an excellent workout, but also burn many calories and can be used for cardiovascular exercise, toning, as well as strengthening and improved flexibility.
3. Isometrics Can Be a Super Fitness Option–Another fitness tip for writers to experiment with involves isometric exercises, which can be done anywhere and at any time. Just develop a regular routine and give those muscles a workout. This is especially important for writers, who are forced to sit for an extended period of time, or patients who are bedridden. It is so important to stay as active as possible despite any physical or spatial limitations.
4. Theraband Therapy as a Sedentary Worker’s Savior–Therabands or resistance bands are also a terrific fitness option to consider, especially in a work-related situation as well as compact areas. Just attach the exercise bands to a desk or chair and use them to tone as well as strengthen various muscle groups. Moreover, therabands are also great devices for improving one’s flexibility.
5. Make Lunch or Break Time Active Time–A writer can also use their lunch or break time as active time. They can use that time to get up and get moving. Even if it is just a few laps around the block or a walk down to their favorite lunch spot and back, they can use the time wisely and try to incorporate as much exercise as possible.
As the technological age progresses and many jobs become more sedentary, inactive and less-than-healthy lifestyles are all too common these days. Fifty years ago, people were much active and on the go than they are today. Mobile had a completely different meaning than it does in the 21st Century vernacular. Moreover, many jobs were much more activity-based, physically demanding, and did not require workers to spend most of the day sitting down. Thus, the rise of sedentary workers has contributed significantly to the obesity epidemic. As rewarding and wonderful as it is to be a writer, the occupation also has its pitfalls. The biggest downfall of the profession is that it promotes a sedentary lifestyle. However, there are many ways to combat the sedentary aspects of writing jobs. Writers can use technology to their advantage and stay active while working. Hopefully, these health and fitness tips will not help reverse some of the adverse effects of a sedentary lifestyle, but will also promote healthier and more active habits among writers.
Written and Edited By Leigh Haugh
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