“How would I rate my self-care this week, particularly in the area of exercise?” is one of the questions I ask my clients to think about before we have our coaching call.
Since many of my coaching clients are writers, and many of those writers are trying to find time to write a dissertation, I have a hard sell in trying to convince them to put more time into exercising. One client says, “I just loathe ‘working out,’ especially since it uses up so much valuable time.”
And another response– “I can’t even imagine how I would enjoy adding regular exercise into my daily routine without hating every minute of it.”
To fight my own resistance to exercise, I plan my weekly schedule around exercise. Like writing, exercise needs to be a habit.
Here are nine benefits that I have found from exercising:
1. It improves my mood. After I exercise, it is always easier to start writing because I am in a good mood.
2. It helps me think. My creativity is unleashed. Ideas pop into my mind while I’m working out.
3. It frees my mind to process ideas that I had been working on or issues that I haven’t been actively engaged with.
4. It dissipates anxiety. I’m always much calmer and more relaxed once I have exercised.
5. It vents some of my meanness, allowing me to be the nice person I like to think I am.
6. I have more energy on a daily basis if I’ve been exercising regularly.
7. It eats calories and also helps control my eating. Controlling my emotional eating is a great thing.
8. It fights Alzheimer’s. Also, if you’re thin and at one time you were a smoker, you should be exercising /lifting weights to fight osteoporosis.
9. When I exercise with a group, I fight feelings of loneliness that are all too common with writers (and introverts).
And here’s a bonus reason: Rather than taking too much time, exercise actually helps me be a more productive writer.
Are you including exercise in your schedule? How are you doing that? I’d love to hear from you.
All the best,
P.S. Could exercising be one of your goals for August and September? Email me to help put some specifics around a goal.
Nancy Whichard, Ph.D., PCC
Your International Dissertation and Academic Career Coach