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Scott Lax Blog

The Writer and Exercise

Writers are cerebral by nature. Who else would want to sit for hours at a time making stuff up as fiction or writing about places or other people as nonfiction, and doing so all alone?

Still, it's not a good idea to be isolated, and part of not being isolated is not being isolated from your own body. You need exercise. Basketball, yoga, marathon running or strolling around the block; it doesn't matter what it is, you need something to get out of your head, and out of your chair. Like the non-fanatical experts say, ten to thirty minutes a day is fine. But do something.

There are a lot of out-of-shape writers, maybe for all the right reasons. They're working hard creating worlds from words. Yet, those reasons really aren't OK. Better to stick around longer to create those worlds. I give myself this same advice every time I don't feel like exercising. It's something like writing: you do it even when you don't feel like it.  Read More