As a writer it’s easy to get lost in a world that exists only in your head. To get that story on the page just the way you want it can take hours. If you’re not careful, intentional movement will stop, and you will end up sitting a great deal. Our bodies were not created to sit for long periods of time. They were made to move.
Plus sitting staring at a screen, computer or T.V. you miss out on God’s magnificent creation.
Our brain needs movement to function at its best. Our body needs movement to keep it healthy Numbers don’t lie – My health was slipping away from me and I needed to do something to restore my well-being. I love landscapes and taking pictures, so why not utilize my passions to get me moving?
And it’s research. If you have read any of my books you know that the Texas Hill Country is a secondary character. It has molded me and it shapes the characters that walk through my mind and onto the pages. Through stories I get to share my Texas.
Walking was something I could do for the rest of my life. Something I could do every day. I put on my shoes and walked to the end of my road (which does include a nice incline). There and back was half a mile, and it took me fifteen minutes. But I had seen those sites many times. So I decided to hit the hills. We purchased a Texas State park pass and visited all the local parks and all the free city parks.
I can also use my smart phone to record ideas and scenes while I’m walking and as soon as I get home, I’m on a roll with my story.
The benefits have been great. Not only have my numbers improved (cholesterol, blood pressure, sugar levels and weight), but I have more energy. I didn’t realize how sluggish my brain had become during this time period.
Walking to better physical health has helped my creative brain have so much fun.
Writing might be a stationary career, but it doesn’t need to be your lifestyle. Do you have a favorite physical activity? Dancing, yoga, biking, tennis, vacuuming or maybe you dance while you vacuum? Do you have favorite park – national, state or city park? I love planning trips to explore new places.