Get Moving: 5 Fitness Goals for Writers

A lot of people see fitness - working out - as a necessary evil. That first part is correct.

Fitness relates to your physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. But, let's face it, working out, has a positive impact on all three. 

The truth is, personal and professional goals are forever intertwined, Feel good and you are more productive at work. When work goes well, typically so does your personal life.

As writers, our default mode is sitting at the computer. But it doesn't have to be.

Having trouble committing time and energy to a regular workout?

Here are 5 fitness goals for writers:

1. Explore Workout Videos. Like with any business service, you will connect better with some trainers than others, There are a plethora of workouts from which to choose on YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook. Start searching.

2. Find a Workout You Enjoy. Test out different types of exercise until you find one that fits you. If you enjoy your workout, you are more likely to do it. 

3. Start Small. A 10-minute workout still counts as a win. Don't go overboard with new workout goals ... you may burn out, over-do things, and/or potentially hurt yourself.  Instread, start small, pace yourself, and build up to longer workouts.

4. Join a Community. There are plenty of fitness groups for sharing and reporting on workout goals. You can also share your goals and wins in my Write On Online Facebook Group or on my weekly #GoalChat Twitter chat.

5. Track Your Progress. Keep a log of your workouts, including what you did, when, and for how long. Seeing your progress with help motivate you to keep going! 

Bonus: Set rewards for accomplishing your fitness goals. You worked hard on working out. You deserve it! 

Committing to fitness - much like your commitment to writing - is a gift to yourself. So, choose yourself.

And, remember, you can do it!

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For more on Fitness, watch this week's GoalChatLive:  

What are your fitness goals? Please share in the comments.

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Need some extra help setting and achieving your goals? Please reach out!

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Debra Eckerling is the award-winning author of Your Goal Guide: A Roadmap for Setting, Planning and Achieving Your Goals and founder of the D*E*B METHOD, which is her system for goal-setting simplified. A writer, editor, and project catalyst, Deb works with entrepreneurs, executives, and creatives to set goals and manage their projects through one-on-one coaching, workshops, and online support. She is also the author of Write On Blogging and Purple Pencil Adventures; founder of Write On Online; Vice President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Women's National Book Association; host of the #GoalChat Twitter Chat, #GoalChatLive on Facebook and LinkedIn, and The DEB Show podcast. She speaks on the subjects of writing, networking, goal-setting, and social media.


Terry Whalin said...


Thank you for these valuable tips for writers and fitness. As writers, we spend a lot of time sitting and not moving. It's an important message for each of it.


Karen Cioffi said...

Debra, great advice on staying fit as a writer. In general, we do sit an awful lot and life is all about balance.

Debra Eckerling said...

Thanks for your comments, Terry and Karen.

In the embedded video on Fitness there are even more tips for finding the right balance.

Recap is here:

Happy Wellness!

lastpg said...

Great post, Debra. I've managed to continue exercising for many years and currently take a yoga class and a stretch and tone class as well walk 3-5 miles each week. I don't know what I'd do without the strength I've maintained, the enjoyment, and the friends I've met at my gym.

Debra Eckerling said...

Good for you! Keep up the good work(out)!!!

deborah lyn said...

Great Tips Debra! Much needed encouragement.

Debra Eckerling said...

Thanks, Deborah! Best of luck with your fitness - and writing - goals!

Karen Cioffi said...

Wow, that's amazing, Pete. Congratulations! It's all about perseverance.

Pete Springer said...

I should have mentioned this before, but my nephew is married to a Cioffi. They live in Minnesota. I met and loved her very Italian parents at the wedding.

Karen Cioffi said...

How interesting, Pete.

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