I love movement and I love writing, and I can’t help but notice most of my passions in life have striking similarities.
Take writing and exercise…
Both begin with showing up and result in enhanced self-awareness.
Here’s what I believe the two have in common:
1. Caffeine: The best natural performance-enhancing aid. Ever. 🙌
You should see me before and after a workout and during my writing periods. Cray cray!
2. Carbs: You’ve gotta fuel the brain with the only energy source it crushes life on, and you’ve gotta fuel the body (you’re a liar if you say you don’t like em) 😄
3. Mindfulness: Both exercise and writing can be a zone of ‘me time’. They’re the perfect escape. You can focus in completely on what it is you’re doing. And let’s be honest, if you’re taking it seriously, you can’t do anything but FOCUS.
I’m not gonna have a heavy-ass weight cripple my back, or lose a reader by going off on a tangent that has nothing to do with the article title. Nu-uh!
4. Becoming consumed: When the article or the exercise goal has a hold on you, it’s hard to ignore it’s call.
Anyone who’s deep into a writing project knows what it’s like to be somewhere (other than sat with your writing canvas) and be mentally working through what’s going to fit in your next chapter, in the third subhead, on page 26.
And fitness lovers will do a lotta exercise related calculations in their head while sat at the dinner table, driving, walking to work, in the shower (basically anywhere!)…
What weight % should I do that lift at next time? How do I activate this muscle so this happens? How many weeks will I need to do this programme before switching it up?
It’s a fun ‘obsession’ to have.
5. Consistency: Probably the biggest key to rocking your fitness goals, or writing career, is showing up every single day (and yes even on your rest days, stretching!).
There’s been times when performing certain movements has made me feel sick. And I can’t tell you how many times I’ve stared at a blank canvas feeling frightened.
But whenever I’ve just said LET’S GO! And made myself start doing, I’ve always ended up feeling on top of the world afterwards.
Not every gym session, or piece of writing will be stunning – but at least start. Showing up is often the hardest part.
6. Self-awareness: It’s amazing how much you can learn about yourself through writing, and through physical movement.
Not many things allow the kind of inner-exploration these activities do.
Pretty awesome stuff.
7. Self-love: Not everyone writes for themselves in a journal, and not everyone does exercise they actually enjoy (which blows my mind)…
But the act of writing for yourself, and daily movement for your own health and happiness, is one of the greatest gifts you can give to yourself.
So, show up for you and show yourself a big bit of love buttercup. It feels good ❤️
Peace. Love ya ✌️💜