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The body bridge.

There is a special connection between physical exercise, our mind, and writing.
The body bridge.

One of the things we can't live without is exercise. No matter how digital we go, we are physical beings, and we need exercise to be well-functioning ones.

There are many types of exercise, and I'm sure you have the perfect one just for you. Something that suits your lifestyle as a writer and gets you out of the chair during the week.

If you don't, you should find one. Life is too short and precious to check out from due to lack of exercise. Think about all the books you could have written those extra years.

The trap of writing

I mention it because it's easy to neglect the value of exercise as a writer. We tend to go down the rabbit hole of writing so much that we forget our physical body. We simply lose ourselves in the magic of writing.

It's a wonderful place to be, no doubt, but the real world demands that we move our body to move our mind. We must never forget that.

Personally, I fall into that trap more often myself as I get older. I have always been very physical, but with age my physical limitations have taken the joy out of exercising. I can't do the things I used to, and it has been a difficult transition.

Enhances the brain function

What I have found, however, is that physical exercise improves my writing, because it enhances my brain function.

As a result, I have taken new physical activities upon me, and they challenge my brain circuits. I can simply feel new areas of my brain being active afterwards. Each time I recover from exercise, I observe myself both thinking and writing better.

It's an interesting way of improving the health of the body and mind at the same time. It's not just an endless repeat mode of activities, but a constant challenging of the mind-body connection to the benefit of writing. Like if it sort of builds a bridge between my mind-body presence and my writing.

A two-way street?

On the basis of that experience, I have a theory that if it works one way, it must work the other way too.

I have no idea if it's true or not, but my reasoning is that if a basketball player can visualize his game of dribbling and shooting, and make it work on the court afterwards, then a writer should be able to exercise by just writing about it.

I believe it's worth a small experiment, and I would like you to do it with me. What I want you to do is this:

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