Hydrotherapy

Have you heard that term? How was it being used? I can’t believe how many times I have heard it recently since I began watching dog rescue videos on YouTube. One vet uses it to mean he’s going to wash the rescued animal and especially clean out any open wounds. Wikipedia thinks it means getting into hot water, then into cold water, then back to warm. Also, there’s the use of whirlpools and spas. Well, here’s what Hydrotherapy for Writers is like.

 

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What I think I look like when swimming

 

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Magic Bullets

Note: I am not a doctor or medical professional. Please do not start any new diet or exercise program without consulting your own doctor first.

Like many people with weight issues, as well as serious health issues that are exacerbated by weight, I dream of the day when Science develops a magic pill that we can take once a day and then eat whatever we want to. Ice cream, cake, cotton candy. The sugar bowl and a stick of butter. Ahem. So it’s no surprise when a possible solution shows up and everyone flocks to the idea. And everyone has different results. My nutritionist says the right diet is the one that works for you. Let’s look at some things that have arisen in this field. Continue reading “Magic Bullets”

California Dreamin’ 2017 Conference Part 9

The Sassy Writers 5-minute Guide to Staying Young by Pamela DuMond and a host of others

The last Sunday of each month, I focus on ways to find a healthier lifestyle than writing usually allows. How awesome would it be to have a career as a Romance Writer and a career in a field that can help writers feel better and stay young! Pamela DuMond has that awesome life and she loves to share it with people. (Best to find her on Twitter @Pamela_DuMond Continue reading “California Dreamin’ 2017 Conference Part 9”

To be Healthy, You Need Balls

As writers, we are really good at sitting. We sit at our desks to write, we sit in coffee shops to write, we sit on a couch and watch TV and write, and we sit in comfy chairs for a live interview that will be on the national news later that day. We sit at tables in bookstores for signings, and we sit in our car or bus or train getting around to these places. Continue reading “To be Healthy, You Need Balls”

Typing Woes

It’s very difficult (ow!) to type out a (ow!) manuscript if you (ow!) have (ow!) tendonitis. Okay, that might have been an exaggeration, but some days I do experience a nagging pain in my wrist and hand while typing.

This usually happens when I have failed to do my wrist exercises as prescribed by the physical therapist I saw when the pain became really bad. Also the tendons in the wrist tend to be very poor at healing, and get worse with age. http://orthopedics.about.com/cs/sportsmedicine/a/tendonitis.htm Continue reading “Typing Woes”

Healthy Romance Writers Make Better Lovers

I’m about to go to my very first Romance Writers’ Convention. Because there’s no Writers Conventions for Dummies book, I am making some mistakes and scrambling madly to correct them. One is that I need business cards of a certain type. With a picture. Of me. Hell, no – sigh. Okay, maybe.

Another is I needed to be added to the Yahoo loop for the convention so I can print out all the workshop papers that I will need. Yowzer! I expect to take my laptop along, so maybe I will just keep electronic files.

The other mistake is that I just realized the hotel has a pool. And a gym room. So there’s no excuse for me to not get some exercise. I have a bathing suit. They have towels. I have cross trainer shoes. They have treadmills. And I am bringing my resistance band for the upper body workout I need.

I love Jude Deveraux, her writing is fun and imaginative. She is quoted as saying, “Read everything you write aloud. It will help you catch run-on sentences and find the words you’ve left out or mistyped. You’ll hear if your dialogue sounds artificial or stilted. And you’ll help the audio person who reads your book on tape. Rhyming character names need to be changed!

“Also, walk while you read aloud. Most writers get too little exercise and pacing helps build the quota.

“Speaking of exercise, I would highly recommend that you do a lot of upper body weight work. Keep your forearms and shoulders strong.”

Your mind and body are one, and your body is so interconnected, it’s scary. Untreated tooth decay and infections can go right to your heart. Sinus infections can hit your brain. Get lots of rest, hang out with positive people, and do daily exercises both mental and physical.

Take your vitamins, see your doctor and dentist regularly, drink lots of water, get a new toothbrush every month if you can afford it, floss daily, and talk to your relatives about their health issues. Genetics are important parts of your health picture, but you are more than that.

Finally, write things that make you smile, make you cry, and make you excited to keep writing. Put your heart, soul, and liver into your writing. If your work is not exciting you to keep writing, throw in a plot complication. http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2013/03/19/25-turns-pivots-and-twists-to-complicate-your-story/ And be sure to have someone in your life with whom you can research the happily ever after kiss at the end.

Thanks for reading, I’ll be back on Thursday with all the information from the convention.

Why Wait For The New Year?

Today is not only the last Sunday of the month, but also the last Sunday of the year 2014. Over the past couple of months, there have been lots of excuses to behave in less than healthy ways. Most people think they will start living healthier come the New Year. That’s what Resolutions are all about.

Resolutions rarely work. https://www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/openforum/articles/why-most-new-years-resolutions-dont-work/

http://www.businessinsider.com/amy-cuddy-psychology-new-years-resolutions-2014-12

But what about Cousin Bill who kept all his resolutions? Yes, goal setting works. But they have to be obtainable, measurable, and have time frames. Here’s a great collection of links to articles on the subject, one of which might be just right for you. http://psychcentral.com/newyears/

If you are thinking that the holidays are almost over, you don’t need to worry until next October 31st, let me point out that you no doubt will get invited to a SuperBowl party, will give or receive chocolates for Valentine’s Day, will consume the Required Minimum Dosage of green beer on Saint Paddy’s Day, will eat half your weight in jelly beans on Easter Sunday, and then there are birthdays, weddings, christenings, trips to warehouse-type stores that have free samples of stuff, and so on. Every day, in this culture that revolves around food, you are challenged to stay healthy.

So lets begin with parties. http://www.zonya.com/healthtips_party_survival.html If you are going to a pot luck, bring something healthy that you know you can eat without guilt. A chicken and quinoa salad, maybe. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/asian-chicken-and-quinoa-salad-recipe.htmlA tip I learned from Dr. Nick Yphantides http://www.healthsteward.com/MyJourney.htm is to be adventurous when you eat at parties. Don’t waste your calories on mashed potatoes and gravy. You know what that tastes like. Try the proscuitto-wrapped mango bites. http://www.southernliving.com/food/healthy-light/healthy-appetizer-party-recipes/healthy-food-recipes-proscuitto-mango-bites

A healthy life-style includes not only healthier food, but daily, regular exercise. A minimum of 4 days a week, 30 minute sessions, and then as much activity as you can manage the rest of the week. Weights and resistance bands are great ways to exercise while watching a movie at home. Once you get the blood circulation going, I bet you will remember the plot of the movie longer.

As a writer, I spend a good part of my day sitting in a chair. This is one of the worst things a person can do. Add to it that I am overweight and diabetic, and I might as well be smoking 2 packs a day. Well, recently I had the pleasure of attending a group session led by Bo Beauchamp, a personal trainer with Fitness 19. He taught us how to use a chair as the start of our exercise routines. First of all, sit up straight. You won’t believe how much that alone will help you strengthen core muscles.

Here’s a chair warm up and cardio that is wonderful. http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/videos-detail.asp?video=38 And follow with the sit to stand exercise. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tj0lQeps4R0 Yeah, sorry about the elderly bit, but if you are someone who hasn’t exercised regularly, then you need to start slowly.

So start this now, today, immediately! Don’t wait for January 1st, that’s silly. Eat healthy every day, look for tips that will help you do so, and plan your day around your exercises. Writers are successful when they schedule their writing time and actually track number of words written. Exercise is successful for you when you plan it and track how much time you put into it. You can do this! I’m cheering you on from my chair.

I’ll be back on Thursday.