7 Big Benefits of Exercise for Bloggers
Although the goal of good bloggers is to write compelling content that seems effortless, the fact is that effective blogging is more difficult than it seems. The challenge of constantly coming up with new content and pounding it out on the keyboard can take a toll on the mind and body, resulting in “Blog Slog”, a condition which can compromise quality and productivity. Fortunately, there is a remedy for many of the symptoms of “Blog Slog” in the form of regular exercise. Here’s a list of 7 proven benefits of regular exercise and how these benefits can help bloggers become more productive in creating strong content. Note that the operate word here is regular.
1. Exercise gives you more energy
Numerous studies have shown that regular physical exercise boosts daily energy levels. The mechanism is simple. When the body is exerted, the natural response is an increase in heart rate and respiration, both of which help the cardiovascular system to deliver oxygen and nutrients to bodily tissues more efficiently. The net result is an increase in energy which can give you more hours of productive blogging per day.
2. Exercise promotes clarity of thought
Forget all those energy boosters in a bottle that can make you nervous and keep you up half the night staring at a blank computer screen wondering what to write. When it comes to achieving and maintaining focus and clarity of thought while writing for prolonged periods of time, regular exercise is the answer.
3. Exercise keeps you healthy
Another proven benefit of regular exercise is that it strengthens your immune system’s natural ability to fight off infection and disease. Since work related stress (yes blogging is work) can compromise the immune system, the benefits of regular exercise in helping you stay healthy, productive and on topic when writing are considerable.
4. Exercise increases stamina
Okay, you’re a blogger not a body builder. Still, regular aerobic exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, 3-5 times a week has been shown to be beneficial in improving strength and stamina. While this may seem more important for those whose workdays demand physical exertion, it’s also beneficial to those in more sedentary jobs, like bloggers who generally sit for prolonged periods of time.
5. Exercise improves sleep patterns
Let’s face it. Even under the best of circumstances the daily demands of being a successful blogger can lead to sleepless nights. Regular exercise has been shown to help people not only fall asleep faster but stay asleep in a more restful state. When you wake up feeling rested and refreshed, you tend to be sharper and more productive throughout the day. Just be aware that, depending on your writing schedule, it may be wise to exercise first thing in the morning, as exercising late in the day can keep you up at night.
6. Exercise helps improve your mood
Along with being a great way to combat stress, regular exercise has been shown to help promote feelings of well-being. The positive mood effects of regular exercise are mainly attributed to the stimulation of the production of chemicals specific to the brain which help to regulate mood and generally leave you feeling happier and more relaxed than if you didn’t exercise. A side benefit of mood elevation for bloggers who have a tendency to procrastinate is an increase in motivation, accompanied by a greater sense of confidence and self-esteem when tasks are completed successfully. Regular exercise may also allow you to get off of certain prescription drugs which can contribute to writer’s block by clouding the mind and hindering creativity.
7. Exercise promotes healthy routines
Think of the most productive and prosperous people you know. Chances are they are actively engaged in a routine of regular exercise. Those of us who have difficulty in this area know that exercising regularly takes will power and self-discipline. Although you can get a ghost writer to write for you when the juices just aren’t flowing, no one can exercise for you. By establishing a routine of regular exercise, you are adding structure to your day—the kind of structure that can help you to successfully tackle and solve difficult writing projects head-on.
Although it’s important to check with your doctor before starting an exercise routine, the next time you find yourself in a writing funk, you might want to stop blogging and start jogging.
About the Author: Jared Singler is a freelance writer for Acrobat.com. Acrobat.com has a form builder that allows you to create, distribute and analyze online forms.