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Writing Doesn’t Have to be a Pain

Glenna Mageau, Award Winning Author, Speaker, Writing Coach

Writing doesn’t have to be a pain.

If you are a writer or author, then you know how easy it is to get into a position and sit there without moving or do very little moving for a long time. We get so focused on our writing and getting the ideas down that we forget to move or to even pay attention to what our bodies are telling us.

Our bodies are meant to do a lot of things – sit, stand, lay down, run, lift, carry, stretch, move… We truly are capable of doing a lot of things but we also need to take care of our body to ensure we are keeping it in balance, so we can do all of these things without pain, aches or low energy.


Writing doesn't have to be a pain


When most people think of exercise, they tend to think sweat, pain and it being grueling. I don’t want to get into a lot about what exercise is or isn’t but do know that it is one of the best activities you can be doing to keep your body agile and feeling energized.

Exercise is really just one aspect of looking after ourselves.

When I’m talking about exercise I’m really talking about exercise, movement and stretching (all mean something somewhat different but all are important for us and for simplicity reasons, I’m not going into each.)

Our bodies are made to do a lot and we rely on our bodies to always be there and to move the way we want, when we want. But… we have to take care of it to make sure that it still does this, especially as we age. We often think our body should still act like it’s 20 but without care, regular exercise, movement and stretching, the truth is that it won’t.

Did you know that your body is set up so that your muscles are always pulling, they don’t actually push? What that means is that your muscles are in pairs or groups. Essentially, when one pulls the other acts as a stabilizer.

So why do you need to know all of this? Well you don’t really but I think it helps when we understand how our body works. So if you are feeling tightness, it can mean that one muscle is weaker than it’s counterpart. So strengthening it is a good idea. And that if you are feeling pain, it may not even be because of that muscle but from another muscle that is tight and therefor weaker.

Writing can be hard on the body – who knew


When we write the world kind of disappears and we forget everything. We become so focused on our writing that it’s not until we decide to quit or its been long enough that our body has gotten to the point that it is screaming at us in pain, that we realize how long we’ve spent in one position. The problem isn’t so much that we sit for long stretches (although I do strongly recommend taking regular breaks and standing and moving about every hour or so), the problem is that we don’t do exercise, stretching and movement when we are away from writing. We forget to strengthen our bodies so that we can handle sitting for longer periods.

The reason that I find this so important

is that because if you start to associate pain and aches with writing, then you are likely to give it up or see it as an even more strenuous thing to do. It will very quickly take the fun out of writing and can keep you from writing.

I don’t want that to happen for you.

Exercise doesn't have to be boring

Find something you enjoy doing.

“Writing doesn’t have to be a pain.”

How do you make exercise, movement and stretching a part of your routine?

There is no such thing as a right time or wrong time to exercise but just like writing you need to add it into your day. Add it to your calendar. Exercise, movement and stretching do not have to be painful (in fact they shouldn’t be) or time intensive but they are something you need to do regularly.

If you struggle with getting started, start simple with something you enjoy doing. Find a friend to go for a walk with, go for a hike, kayaking, etc. Or find a personal trainer, one who is educated in exercise and fitness and someone who fits who fits with how you think and what you want to do.

Exercise is a great way to feel energized and limber and allow you to sit down, without pain, and write that next novel.

even our pets know how important stretching is

Even our pets know how important stretching is.

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Glenna Mageau, Award Winning Author, Speaker, Writing Coach

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