This is my first post in this category, #writerslife, and it took me a while to think of something I thought was worthwhile to discuss on this page. Then I came across an article at the CNN site written by Susan Scutti that addressed the effects on the body that sitting for long periods of time can do. Well, seeing that writing is considered a sit-down activity, I read the article, of course.
I have problems with movement as it is because of my disability. Walking on surfaces that slope on either side is a little treacherous for me because my inner balance is off. Walking more than two city blocks can get extremely tiresome for me now that I am older. Yet, I am quite aware of the fact that if I don’t walk, I’ll lose the ability, as decrepit it may be. So I do it every day, taking five to ten laps walking from one end of the house to the other [inside]. Most days it’s seven laps before I find myself starting to trip over myself.
However, this article talked about a study that was done, the REGARDS study, that proves life is shortened by long periods of sitting. It did mention cardiovascular health but didn’t clearly give a reason why sedentary behavior can have such an extremely negative effect on our wellbeing.
My own theory is my blood isn’t moving through my arteries and veins as quickly as it should when I sit at this desk too long. It isn’t helping my digestive system to stay in a sedentary posture either. I have serious doubts that looking at a screen less than a yard away from my eyes for long periods isn’t doing my eyes any good as well. Is it any wonder why I wear glasses?
Nevertheless, I am not advocating recording your writing as you walk for miles and miles. I know I certainly wouldn’t do it, myself. I love typing each word out and watching it appear on the screen. I love the feeling of creativity I experience while doing this activity.
Howbeit, to improve my whole wellbeing, I’ve reversed my opinion about the Pomodoro technique for getting my writing done. Before, I thought I must sit fast in this chair until I accomplished something or until at least two hours had passed. I thought I just had to be stubborn enough so the words would finally flow out of me.
I picked up a timer app at the Windows Store, a free one, of course, tomatime. I can set up thirty-minute periods of writing time, short times for breaks, and times for longer breaks too.
Now I just have to figure out how to make my mind accept the times I should stop for a few minutes. After all, just because I’m not at my desk doesn’t mean the creativity has to pause.
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“Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day. Rich people can’t buy more hours. Scientists can’t invent new minutes. And you can’t save time to spend it on another day. Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving. No matter how much time you’ve wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow.”
― Denis Waitley