Monday, January 22, 2007

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.

Don't procrastinate.

I admit, I’m a huge procrastinator, especially when it comes to exercise. I’m just plain lazy.

But part of my procrastinator-itis is that I keep lying to myself:

“I’ll feel more like exercising tomorrow.”

“I’ll have more time to exercise later in the day.”

“I need to do this one thing first, then I’ll exercise.” (Distraction is a big problem for me and it just feeds my procrastination.)

“Exercise isn’t really that important if I eat less today.”

Isn’t lying a sin? And surely lying to myself isn’t less a sin than lying to someone else, right?

The problem is that overcoming procrastination usually takes a great deal of mental energy. I don’t know about you, but my brain is fried most of my waking hours.

That’s why they always say exercise is best done with a friend or with people who can keep you accountable. Even if it’s just an online buddy who can e-mail you each day for your buddy-system check-in.

So conquer your procrastination by buddying-up.

My particular procrastination is so bad that I, er, need several buddies...

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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