This week, I’ve been getting back into a regular morning routine. It’s been tough, because my day job has slipped into overtime hours. Still, I find that doing my writing becomes even more important when I’m busy, tired, or stressed. I need the routine to give my day focus and energy. I’ve said it before, and I still belief it wholeheartedly: when I don’t write, I’m at odds with my own thoughts.
Another key to maintaining both the writing routine and overall happiness is physical fitness. I’ve been neglecting exercise for a couple of months now. The results aren’t terrible because I have an active day job. I’m not in danger of getting fat. Still, I’m missing a valuable source of mental and physical stamina. This week I made progress getting back into a regular exercise schedule. My arms are sore as I type this because I was trying kettlebell swings for the first time. I can already tell that I have more energy, a better attitude, and a greater amount of creativity, thanks to just two days of exercise.
If I’m going to write consistently, I definitely need to keep exercise a part of my weekly routine. One of my excuses for not exercising is that I can’t do it as much as I’d like, so I might as well skip it. That’s a stupid reason. Even a small amount of exercise each week impacts my writing routine (not to mention the rest of my life). Just half an hour three days per week makes a big difference. And any amount is better than none. My current goal is to do at least one day per week when I am busiest, and as many as four when I’m less busy. I purchased the kettlebell to facilitate short, but effective workouts.
Let me encourage you, if you’re a writer, but you’re not getting a moderate amount of exercise, start doing something once per a week, even if it’s just half an hour. You can increase the commitment later, but anything is infinitely better than nothing—which is what most people settle for. If you’ve been away from exercise, you’ll be amazed at the difference just a little bit will make for your writing routine.