creativity,  health,  the writing life

Exercise Tips for Busy Writers (And Other Desk-Jockeys)

Any writer knows that a sedentary lifestyle is the enemy of creativity. Nevertheless, it can be hard to find the time and motivation to exercise when you’re trying to meet a deadline. The following will help you make exercise a part of your writing routine.  

The benefits of exercise for writers:

It’s no secret that leading a sedentary lifestyle can be detrimental to your health with increased weight, blood pressure, and cholesterol being but a few issues that can arise. But what many people don’t realize is that being a busy writer (or a desk-jockey) doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your health. In fact, there are many benefits of exercise for creatives.

Exercise has been shown to improve mental clarity and focus, two things that are essential for any writer. In addition, regular exercise can help reduce stress levels, which can be helpful when deadlines are looming.

But perhaps the most important benefit of exercise for writers is that it can help improve your creativity. Numerous studies have shown that people who exercise regularly are more creative than those who don’t. So if you’re looking for a way to jump-start your creativity, working up a sweat may be just what you need.

Tips for making time to exercise:

Here are some tips on how you can find time to exercise despite a hectic schedule. I  suggest setting aside specific times for working out, just as you  would for any other important task, and being creative with finding opportunities to be active throughout the day.

I also recommend enlisting the help of a friend or family member to hold you accountable if you need it. With regular exercise, writers can improve their focus, energy levels, and mood – all of which will benefit their work.

1. Get up and move every 20 minutes or so. Take a quick walk around the block, do some jumping jacks, or just stretch your legs.

2. Use longer breaks to go for a short walk or jog.

3. Try to fit in a short yoga session at the beginning of your work day, or at the end of it. 

4. If you have a stationary bike or a treadmill, use it while reading. You’ll get in both exercise and reading time.


I hope this has offered up some food for thought when it comes to getting away from or off of the computer for a short while! Do you have an exercise tip for writers? Share in the comments below.

Steph is an award winning and bestselling author of thrilling steamy and paranormal romances, dark urban fantasy, occult horror-thrillers, cozy mysteries, contemporary romance, sword and sorcery fantasy, and books about the esoteric and Daemonolatry. A Daemonolatress and forever a resident of Smelt Isle, she is happily married and cat-mom to three pampered house cats. Her muse is a demanding sadistic Dom who often keeps her up into the wee hours of the morning. You can contact her at

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