Not Your Ordinary Writing Exercises
Through our many interviews with successful Expert Authors, we’ve noticed a trend:
Exercise should be a part of your writing routine.
Exercise stimulates chemicals in your brain to make you feel happy, more relaxed, and it gives your confidence a boost. It also gives you energy, endurance, and even helps you get a good night’s sleep. All of these benefits may remove stressful inhibitors that block your creativity and ability to find a unique solution to provide in your writing.
So you can see that exercise doesn’t just help you manage your weight and keep your body healthy – it helps you tap into your creativity!
Here are three exercise routines you can consider to keep your mind sharp, stimulated, and fight writer’s block.
Walking, Bicycling, and Rollerblading
Struggling to convey the right idea? Can’t seem to find a relevant experience to engage your reader? Take a 30 minute break and go for walk, bicycle ride, or rollerblade. Nothing too strenuous, simply get up and move to take a figurative step back and realign your focus with a change of scenery. Whether it’s something in your immediate surroundings that sparks an idea or stimulating the chemicals in your brain to refresh your focus, this form of exercise has led to many experts’ “Eureka!” moments.
Stretching, Meditation, and Yoga
Next time you find yourself losing focus, stretch those muscles! Sitting still for too long can be very hard on the body because your muscles help your blood circulate. Poor circulation leads to fatigue, which is a train wreck for concentration. Try 5-10 minutes of simple stretching exercises, e.g., lift up your arms and reach the sky, read down to touch your toes, and lunges. Stressed out? Incorporate yoga and mediation sessions into your routine to increase strength, flexibility, and your breathing to gain control of your body and calm your mind.
Endurance Building and Strength Training
Aerobic or cardio exercises, such as jogging, swimming, and dancing, get your heart pumping and help you build endurance. Adding strength training, such as weight lifting and core exercises help you become more comfortable in your body, i.e., promote body movement, increase bone strength, and maintain muscle groups. If you can’t focus on your writing because you’re distracted by pain, fatigue, or stress, oftentimes it’s your body telling you that something is wrong or missing in your routine. Increase your endurance and strength to pave the way for creative thought and effective writing sessions.
Consider the above exercises a part of your writing routine to unlock your writing power. If you find yourself banging your head against your desk because you just can’t focus on your writing or channel an idea, then try going for a walk. Refresh your oxygen supply, stimulate your brain’s chemicals, and clear your head with exercise to open yourself up to write and succeed.