Monday, September 25, 2006

Health and the Writer by Camy Tang

Whether you’re a writer who also works a full-time job or are a busy stay-at-home-mom, it’s hard to stay healthy. I researched and figured out a bunch of tips and tricks to help me stay in shape without carving out of my precious writing time. I also found some tips to help me have just general better health. Pick and choose which of these will work for you.

Reshape your bosom.

Okay, today’s column isn’t going to apply to our male writer friends. Sorry, dudes.

Remember those adolescent myths about exercises to increase our cup sizes? They’re not as far-fetched as you’d think. Check out this article from, “I’m Starting to Sag.”

The exercises he mentions, dumbbell incline press and dumbbell incline flys, can also be done while on a bed, using two cans.

For those who don’t know, for the dumbbell press, lie on your back and with a can in each hand, press straight upward toward the ceiling, like you’re raising a barbell above you.

For the dumbbell fly, extend your arms on either side of you and then lift them toward the ceiling and toward each other until they touch.

I’d also add push-ups (straight leg or on your knees), or wall push-ups to those exercises. Both of those work the pectoral muscles and help redefine the bust area. The best part is that those exercises are easy to do during a computer break.

Why bother? What’s the relation to writing? Publicity photos, chickie-babies! Plus the extra muscle actually burns calories while at rest.

Camy Tang is a novelist also fighting the battle of the bulge. Find out more about her and her books at, or enjoy the read on her blog at



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