Perhaps you are seated as you read today’s GROG Blog post.
Writers know the importance of, BIC or Butt in Chair.
When you have your BIC, you are brainstorming, revising, and polishing.
BIC = writing.
Some days, writers are seated with BIC reading a stack of mentor texts or researching facts and information for a nonfiction manuscript.
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Are you sitting at this very moment? I'm thinking you must be.
If you are, please consider removing your BIC now. Come on you can stand up to read this GROG Blog post.
While my intentions are not to take you away from your computer keyboard or pen and paper, you need to get your BOC or Butt off chair to be a better writer. If you choose to stay seated then at least SUS or Sit up straight.
BOC and SUS will support you and your writing.
I’m certain you may be thinking, “How can this be?”
As a writer, more vertical time throughout the day is best for your writing and your overall health, including your heart.
According to the American Heart Association, sedentary behavior can be risky causing cardiovascular problems. Yes, the life of a writer is sedentary. It’s what writers do to increase word counts on manuscripts, and meet deadlines.
When a writer is sedentary for long periods of time, one develops a foggy brain. Your brain function slows down.
Walking helps your muscles pump fresh blood and oxygen through the brain and increases the mood-enhancing chemicals. Spending time in green spaces, such as a stroll through a park, a hike up a hill, or enjoying the sights, sounds, and fragrances of a garden will rejuvenate your spirit.
After a walk, a writer’s memory works better, improves attention, and has a positive impact on creativity.
All you need is a good pair of walking shoes. Grab a water bottle and slather on sunscreen. Now put one foot in front of the other. Remember to replace walking shoes every 500 miles.
Whatever you do, try to walk more. Along with health benefits, its one of the best things you can do for your writing.
When you sit and write, do you experience some neck pain? How about your back and shoulders—Do they bother you as you write? Craning your neck forward toward a keyboard or tilting your head to write can cause strain on the cervical vertebrae.
As my Mom (and your Mom, too) always said, “Sit up straight.” Relax your shoulders with your arms close to your sides. Elbows should be bent ninety degrees. Do not lean forward with your head and keep your feet flat on the floor. When you have your BIC, remember to SUS.
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Walk more. Enjoy walking. When you do, you’re enhancing your creative muscles to write more and write better. You’re also creating a healthy life style with a stronger heart, and a clearer mind.
A writer needs to incorporate more movement every day. Whatever you do, take more breaks every thirty minutes from your writing to walk, to stretch, or stand up. Along with health benefits, its one of the best things you can do for you and your writing.
After your walk, get your BIC. Make sure you are SUS. Being vertical is best. You can do it.