Due to our nature, the Writer must remain immobile when typing. But experts say stationary positions are the new smoking and not conducive to good health. For this Writer, sitting at the ‘puter is a cause for concern. Movement is life and life is preferable to the alternate.
So what’s a Writer to do?
One of my solutions is the treadmill. I compose while trekking a mile or two. Magic explodes when I write longhand. Why? Well that’s a subject for another post. For today, it’s all aboutmoving and I find the treadmill morphs these two into one. I can write several pages and walk a couple miles while doing it, a win-win.
A little backstory regarding this photo: I had a laugh at my poor husband’s expense when someone asked why the poster of Edward was in front of me. I said I was running toward him.
“Oh?” my friend said. “Then who is behind you?”
“My hubby,” I replied, snickering. He was not amused.
Composing is a big piece of the day. But what about the typing and the butt-ache from sitting at the computer?
My solution is the Fitbit, a marvelous little tool that reminds me to get up and walk around every once in a while. It challenges me, gives me goals, and records my activities. Tethered to my IPhone, it completes the union between technology and the material world.
My goals are to walk a certain distance, move at least 250 steps every hour between 6am and 6pm. My smart phone chimes every hour during that time to remind me. It gets me up, kicks me out of the writer’s fog, and this is a good thing. Truly, I have sat at the desk as the sun is coming up thinking “just a few minutes”...and then it is noon and I look around half dazed trying to remember where I am.
My Fitness Pal is a free app that unites both Fitbit and IPhone. I heartily recommend it even if you have a smart phone.