Friday, February 17, 2006

Fantabulous Fridays

Got Casual Fridays? If you work from home, every day can be Casual (Fri)day, but if you work in a corporate setting M-F, then you might especially love dress-down workdays. Lucky you, I'm on deadline, which means I'm steeped in health information, which means I sometimes stumble across tippy nibbles that writers might be able to benefit from.

Here's the one I'm offering you today:

Researchers have recently shown that people in comfy clothing move more and thus burn more calories than people in traditional business attire. Why? Hmm, they think it might have to do with feeling all relaxed and limber in broken-in jeans and such. Point is, it's important to move during the day, and we writers sometimes forget just HOW important it is. Exercise of all varieties (aerobic, strength training and stretching) can help stave off a bundle of nasty health conditions, including some of the biggest nasties: heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis.

So whether you're in Armani or Calvin, get up and move around every hour or so to get your blood pumping. Easy tips: Choose the stairs over the elevator. Walk out to the watercooler a little more often--or hit it on another floor entirely. And definitely exploit casual Fridays. Bunny slippers, anyone?


Blogger Elena Greene said...

At the risk of sounding preachy, exercise is a very sound strategy, not just for health, but as a boost to creativity.

Exercise, especially something rhythmic (walking, running, swimming, horse or bike riding) soothes the mind and frees the muse.

When I hit a snag, a "thinking walk" is one of the best ways out of it.

Elena :)

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