Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Writer's Wednesday - Exercise

Please welcome Terri Reed with a post on the benefits of regular exercise!

Ugh!! Who wants to exercise?!?

Okay, it’s good for you. I know that. You know that. We all know that. Exercise keeps your body limber and the weight off, keeps your heart pumping and releases endorphins that make you feel better. Knowing it’s good for you, doesn’t make it any easier.

But what has that got to do with writing?
Well, first off, as a writer I sit at the computer long stretches of time, my back and neck stiffen and my head begins to pound. Not to mention that chair spread. Come on, you know what I’m talking about. People who sit in a chair for long periods of time find their behinds spread to fill the chair. Double ugh!!

A good reason to exercise, indeed.

Another good reason is to stimulate the creative juices . Yes, I’m serious. I find that if I exercise I am much more creative, better able to work through the blocks that rise to thwart my writing efforts and I’ve found that I write faster. If my body feels sluggish, my writing becomes sluggish.

Not to mention that if I exercise I’m a much better wife and mom. More patient, more loving and have a better outlook.

But not just any exercise will do. For me it has to be something I enjoy. Dancing is by far my favorite form of exercise. I attend Jazzercise at least three times a week and when I can’t get there, I turn on the music up loud and dance around the house.

So tell, am I crazy? Or do you find that exercise helps with everything you do?

Terri's current release is HER LAST CHANCE, a brand new Love Inspired Suspense. You can visit her online at or email her at or see her blog at .


  1. Yes, exercise helps.
    I do have a rowing machine which I should use more often, but right now with the puppies, I am busy running around.
    But I do find exercies makes me more creative.

  2. No, you're not crazy, Terri. But I've had to ease up as the hips joints are sore. I've fallen off the wagon -- again -- dietwise, too (not helped by b'day chocs).

    Damn, but it's hard to stay in shape once you're passed a certain age! (And I'm a long way past it!)

  3. I agree exercise helps. I go through phases when I'm really good and then something blows the routine and I stop.
    At the moment I am little miss gym and yoga bunny. And the writing is flowing! Who knew!

  4. I like walking - free, healthy and good for thinking.