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5 Ways for Freelance Writers to Find Time to Exercise

Updated on September 30, 2012

Writers and the Workout

Time is precious. There are ways to fit in exercise!
Time is precious. There are ways to fit in exercise! | Source

The Freelance Writer

Time management may be an issue for you as a freelance writer. You are not alone!

Due to the nature of freelancing, many writers create their own work schedules and decide what projects to accept or decline. While you may feel like you have to spend long times writing, taking breaks and exercise is actually beneficial to your writing performance.

When you take breaks to exercise, you:

  • Give your mind time to refocus and relax.
  • Stretch your body to improve circulation and ease muscles that tightened from a sitting position.
  • Often return to writing with improved concentration and relaxed physically as well.

Given these important health benefits of exercise, you need to make the time! There are easy ways for freelance writers to find periods to workout.

Home Workouts

Why yes, you can workout at home!
Why yes, you can workout at home! | Source

Exercise At Home

Find time to exercise by engaging in an at-home workout. This tip is directed toward freelance writers who work primarily from home.

By exercising at home, you eliminate travel time heading to and from a gym or other fitness facility. There is minutes saved immediately!

As well, you have complete control over the amount of time you allot to fitness when you base the workouts within your home. When you head to the gym instead, you may have to wait for treadmills already in use or feel like you have to extend your workout given the effort you spent to get to the facility.

At home, you can divide your workouts into small portions throughout the day. You may also choose to do one workout for a longer period.

Create Local Workouts

Another easy way to find time to exercise as a freelance writer is to create workouts local to your preferred writing location. If you write primarily at home, start your workout right from your front door. This option suits people who like to outdoor activities.

For local workouts, ideas right from your front door include:

  • Jogging around the neighbourhood
  • Walk a trail close by home
  • Bike neighbouring areas

Time is saved when you create local exercise routines as you eliminate travel delays that add precious minutes to your breaks. You do not get tied up in traffic driving to the gym. You also do not spend time in the car travelling to a fitness facility or to a trail farther away. You make the most of your time away from your work area. As an added benefit, you will find out more about your local area!

Local Workouts

Start exercise at your front door to save a few minutes.
Start exercise at your front door to save a few minutes. | Source

Use Your Breaks To Exercise

Another easy way to find time is to use your writing breaks to exercise. You need to take breaks to keep yourself mentally and physically healthy. In turn, you produce a better quality of work as a writer than if you are run-down from not taking breaks.

Instead of spending your breaks watching television or immersed in other stagnant activities, utilize the same amount of minutes in a different way. Take the break to exercise! You will get your mind off work and return from the activities with an increased ability to concentrate.

Try using your breaks to workout locally or within the home, as suggested above. You will make the most of your time!

Social Media and Freelance Writers

Limit time on your favourite network.
Limit time on your favourite network. | Source

Limit Your Social Media Activity

You can also find incorporate exercise into your day by limiting your activity on social media networks. Perhaps you spend more time on networks such as Facebook and Twitter than you may even realize during your day.

Keep an eye on the clock when you log in to a website and sign off at a pre-determined time. Motivate yourself to log off of the social media site by putting your actions into perspective.

Here are concepts to consider:

  • Facebook and Twitter (or insert your favorite network) will still be there when you return the next time
  • You benefit physically and mentally when you take time for yourself by exercising
  • Your health is more important than a comment on a cute animal photo.

When you limit your time spent on social media networks, you can replace those minutes with exercise instead.

Workout Before Your Workday Begins

Another way to find time as a freelance writer to exercise is to use the moments before your work day even begins. The time of day likely varies according to the person as writers differ as to the time of day when they prefer to work.

Scheduling your workout prior to your workday is helpful as you are not yet caught up in work projects. Once you get started on projects, you may lose track of time or lower exercise as a priority given your limited time to write. Exercising prior to the workday eliminates the possibility of getting sidetracked for multiple reasons.

If you regularly put aside this period of time for exercise, the approach will start to become a routine. Soon you will not question engaging in the physical activities as they have become a habit and part of your days.

The Take Off: Exercise Before Your Workday Begins

Take off. Plan your fitness time before your workday starts and gets busy.
Take off. Plan your fitness time before your workday starts and gets busy. | Source

Freelance Writers: The 5 Easy Ways

You can find time to exercise within your busy day as a writer by using one or a few of these tips. Workout at home or right from your front door to eliminate travel costs or other factors that eat up your time. Use your breaks to exercise and limit how long you spend on social media networks. Utilize your time to the fullest and make your health a priority along with your freelance writing projects!

You, As the Freelance Writer

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    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @thom, I'm glad you find the hub so useful. I do think it is an important topic to address. Thank-you for the comment and I hope you find exercise to be fun too!

    • thom w conroy profile image

      thom w conroy 

      6 years ago

      Very useful post Christy. This is one area of life that I really need to work on and could benefit greatly from. Thanks for the reminder!

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Diane, yes you are not alone in finding the work-life balance difficult to maintain. I'm pleased that HubPages is teaching you so much :) Thanks for the comment and enjoy your walks!

      @Marc, well I can certainly identify with walking into poles... Did I tell you I have a scar from that incident on my forehead? It is a warrior wound LOL. Thanks buddy for the comment and great friendship.

      @BodyByBrent, thanks for sharing my article with your clients. I do believe that exercise is important and needs to be a priority. Let me know the feedback!

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      Diane Minton 

      6 years ago from Evansville, Indiana

      I had fallen out of my routine of taking a 30 minute walk not long before joining Hubpages and have decided not to let up on it again. I am learning allot from all of the Hubbers who have ideas for beating writers block and this article helped me to see that others have scheduling problems with exercise too! Thanks for a great Hub!

    • Marc Babineau profile image

      Marc Babineau 

      6 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      Another great hub in a long line of them, well done! (and, no, not like the roast i bbq'd last nite!). My problem with exercising is that i keep running into light poles and buildings, or running into traffic while writing and blogging (i love to multitask!).

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      6 years ago

      Great post! I'll be sure to pass this along to my clients that work from home. I can't wait to hear what excuses they'll come up with after reading this.

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Seeker, that is a great point about helping with writer's block. Well put! Thanks for stopping by and for the vote too!

      @bearnmom, I'm glad you appreciate the hub and I do hope to help motivate people to incorporate exercise into their days.

      @lovedoctor, How wonderful that you are using the morning tip. I'm glad you have found a healthy routine that works for you.

      @teaches, Remember the importance of maintaining your health to help keep you motivated. Thanks for the vote and for enjoying the hub too.

      @Bill, Stay healthy my friend! We want you to keep writing here :) Thanks for the comment.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 

      6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Great hub with very useful advice and information! I think it's great if you can fit in exercise as often as possible - it not only helps to invigorate the brain cells butcan be great for getting rid of writer's block.

      Voted up!

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      Laura L Scotty 

      6 years ago from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

      This is a very useful hub in that it points out that the mind needs to be exercised by using the muscles to send oxygen to it. This is all very sound advice.

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      6 years ago

      I workout three times a week first thing in the morning. This is useful information.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      I think starting out your day with exercise is the best advice. This will help you get going and keep you healthy. Thanks for the advice, I do need to keep this posted in front of me when I write. Voted up.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Excellent points for sure; now if I'll just follow them. :) Great job Christy! I'll hold onto this one and maybe I'll actually do something.


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