Did you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit? (1 Corinthians 6:19). Therefore, it is importance to exercise regularly to take care of your temple. Did you know that exercise can enhance creativity? Then why is it so difficult for authors to get started or to maintain a regular exercise regimen?
Here are some of my favorite excuses for not exercising and solutions on how to overcome them. If you’re like me, you can probably name a few of your own.
● I don’t like going to the gym. If this sounds like you, perhaps a walk outside would do the trick. If you don’t like being alone, grab a friend and hold each other accountable. If music is your thing, reach for your earbuds and get moving. Explore bike riding or learn a new sport. The point is to find something you enjoy and do it.
● I don’t have time. We all have busy schedules. The key to finding time to exercise is to make it important. Block time on your calendar for physical activity. Just 20-30 minutes of exercise each day can be effective. Walk in place, use resistance bands, or lift small dumbbells during the commercial breaks of your favorite television show. Remember, we make time for the things that are important to us.
● I’m tired. When we’re tired, the last thing on our mind is getting exercise. Did you know that exercising reduces fatigue and improves energy? Exercise boosts endorphins, which make us feel rejuvenated and increases oxygen to the blood.
● It’s expensive. Just throw on a good pair of shoes and go outside. Walk tall with your head up, stomach slightly tight, and shoulders relaxed. Start with short walks with light intensity and gradually build up to longer walks with increased intensity.
In summary, exercise is as important to our routine as writing itself. When it comes to health, we can combat excuses brought on by lack of exercise, sitting long hours while writing and even late-night writing. By developing strategies to commit to a better lifestyle, we can eliminate excuses and increase productivity.
Waletta Mason Dunn (W. Mason Dunn) was born in Bossier City, Louisiana. She earned her undergraduate degree from Texas College in Business Administration and a graduate degree in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma. She worked for 20 years in higher education as a counselor for the military while traveling with her husband before he retired from the Marine Corps after 20 years of service. The breadth of her personal and professional experiences has contributed enormously to her fascinatingly inspirational writings.
Waletta’s greatest loves are God and family, and she uses both as the inspiration for all of her books. She brings to life compelling relationships that move her readers through the full range of emotions – joy, pain, laughter, tears, and triumph!
She has been married for 36 years to Donald Michael Dunn (USMC, ret.). She is the devoted mother of two young, adult children, Michael Stewart Dunn and Ashley Elaine Dunn.
She also enjoys reading, playing Scrabble, and solving crossword puzzles.
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