Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Health and the Freelance Writer

Freelancers can be hermits at times. We sit, for hours, tapping away at our keyboards. Every so often we stumble out of our haze and tend to bills, children, the dog and then back to our seats.

Because we are tied to our chairs, we can make easy excuses for our lack of exercise: we don't have a company gym downstairs, we can't take time off because we're on deadline, etc.

Let's get rid of the excuses folks. The whole reason you became a freelance writer is so that you wouldn't be tied to a chair. And if you have a heart attack and die, you still won't meet your deadline - so get up and get moving!

The first thing I do in the morning is stumble to my computer and check email. WRONG! That just sets me up for at least two more hours of sitting while I scan for gigs, check more email, do some follow-ups, etc. Then it's hard to get the motivation to go and do something active.

When I get up and immediately put on my work out clothes, strap on the tennis shoes I feel ready to do something like go for a walk, run up and down the stairs, something...

We've got to take care of ourselves and each other. And if you think taking an hour a day out for physical activity will cost you money, think about how much money you are going to spend on health insurance when your BMI is off the charts.

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