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Write and Stay Healthy with Carla West

As writers, many of you may sit at your keyboards hacking away forever to either reach your deadline or finish just one more paragraph. However, what do these seated hours do to your body physically? How is our circulation affected and is there a fix-it? Today we look at how to Write and Stay Healthy with Carla West.  I am pleased to have Stuttgart based,  personal trainer, Carla West assist us with some writer-friendly ideas on how to overcome the physical torments of writing.

Write and Stay Healthy with Carla West

Write and Stay Healthy with Carla West

Carla, I must also compliment you on your very informative website, your videos and tutorials are simply wonderful!

As you are clearly a very busy lady, I especially thank you so much for taking the time to share your message, so I will bounce right in.

Philosophy

TWS: Having gone through your site, I simply love your ideas and outlooks. How would you summarize your philosophy about fitness and health?

Carla: Thank you so much for all the lovely compliments! I am very honoured to be interviewed by someone like yourself.

My philosophy is very simple: Do what you enjoy.

Whatever form of training you enjoy, do it. You are never going to stick to an exercise routine that you hate. It might take some time for you to find what you like. I love doing a combination of things and pushing myself to the next level in every form of exercise I do.

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That being said, there is value in every form of training. Whether you do yoga, Pilates, running, boxing or weight training. Whatever it is that you enjoy – just make sure you stick to it. Be consistent. Do it multiple times a week. Set goals. Soon enough exercise will become a habit and something you even look forward to, not a chore. And of course support your training with good nutrition; fuel yourself so that you can perform at your best. Stretch, use a foam roller. Give yourself days off to let your body repair and recover.

Basically, just take care of yourself.

Circulation

TWS: Do you have any ideas on how we can perhaps increase our circulation while writing? It would be great to get our articles out and work out! Heaven knows, with the hours we put in, we too could look great! This may be a long-shot, but is it possible?

Carla: Of course it is possible! Luckily short bouts of aerobics, strength exercises, and stretching in between emails and writing can help improve fitness levels and heart health.

Here are a few tips:

  1. Always take the stairs –  take two at a time for a real leg burn.
  2. The Seated Leg Raiser – While seated, straighten one or both legs and hold in place for five or more seconds. Then lower the leg(s) back to the ground without letting the feet touch the floor. Repeat (alternating legs if raising them separately) for 15 reps.
  3. Perfect your posture – perfect posture is a must for long days at the desk. Adjust the chair height to make sure the feet, hips, and arms are at 90-degree angles to the floor. Engage the core to keep the back straight throughout the day. No slouching allowed!
  4. Shoulder blade squeezes – For improving hunched posture, squeeze your shoulder blades together for 10 seconds, release, and repeat.
  5.  Wrist stretch. Stretch your arm out in front of you with the palm up. With your other hand, grab your fingers and lightly pull them down to stretch your forearm.
  6. Back twist. Sit up straight in your chair and place your right arm behind your right hip. Twist to the right and hold. Alternate sides.
  7.  Neck rotations. Drop your chin and roll your neck. Raise your chin up and bend your neck to each side.

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15 min Workout

TWS: Many writers, myself included, discipline ourselves to take 15 – 20 min break from our PCs every so couple of hours. Could you suggest a workout that one could do in such a short time?

Carla: Yes! The most beneficial workouts would be a quick 15-20 min High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) session, because honestly that’s all the time you need. A few benefits of HIIT include: Increased energy, boosted metabolism, muscle tone improvement, reduced body fat.

For a quick hard HIIT session I would suggest choosing 4 exercises. Existing out of one for lower body, one upper body, one for abs, and one that’s a bit more cardio related and gets your heart rate up. For example: Squats, push-ups, crunches, and Burpees. Do each exercise for 1 minute and only take a 10 sec break between the exercises. You get a 1 minute break after the 4 exercises and then you start the circuit over again. In 20 min you should’ve been able to do 3-4 Rounds and you will be sweating.  🙂 Those are very basic examples of exercises; please feel free to switch it up and add your own.

Writers Diet

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TWS: When visiting your site, I was especially intrigued by your thoughts on diet remains essential. Can you advise which foods writers should focus more on? Foods to assist with concentration, foods that will fuel us, but not hang around forever? Can you think of a ‘writer-friendly’ diet?

Carla: The habit I suggest all my clients is planning ahead, buying healthy snacks in advance and having them at your desk will keep you satisfied and stop those afternoon sugar cravings to kick in that will hinder your concentration as well. Good examples of snacks to have at your desk would be:

  • Fruit or Dried Fruit
  • Nuts
  • Protein Bar, Fruit & Nut Bar, or Energy Bar
  • Yogurt
  • Granola

And foods that will improve your focus:

  • Blueberries
  • Green tea
  • Leafy green vegetables
  • Water
  • Dark chocolate
  • Flax seeds

Message for Writers

TWS: Lastly, and once again thank you for your time and sharing all this exciting information, but what would your ‘mantra’ be for writers?

Carla:I am responsible for my own destiny.”

This might not be specific to only writers but anything you do in life, everything you put your heart and soul in will be successful. I love knowing and reassuring myself that I am in control of my own life, my happiness, success, body, fitness, food, mental health and state of mind. It’s all up to you to make the decision and to take action.

As previously mentioned, I must stress that you visit her powerfully insightful site, its loaded with amazing tools that we can use on a day-to-day basis. What I find different about Carla, is she is real.

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I so enjoy Carla’s style, her outlook and her manner of simplifying matters. I know I am going to get started with my workout as of this very moment!

Do you have any ideas you would like to share? Please feel free to leave comments or contact me. Remember, I am always interested in posting Guest’s Blogs, so if you have anything insightful to share, please don’t hesitate to contact me. 

Blessed Be,

Sancheo

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Zora Marie, The Author-Embracing Author

Zora Marie, The Author-Embracing Author

Zora Marie, author of Free of Asenten (Zelia the Phoenix of Hope Book 1), might be new to the author scene but she definitely takes off with a bang! As many authors compete against one another, Zora shares a unique perspective. She chooses to embrace other authors believing that authors stand a better chance together than apart. I found myself compelled to find out more about Zora Marie, The Author-Embracing Author. I trust you will find her diversity and outlook as compelling as I do!

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What does writing do for you?

Writing has done quite a few things for me. It’s given me a place to spill my guts and let my imagination run wild. Since I’ve been living with my family down south it has given me someplace to direct my pent up social energy. I suppose I should go out and make friends, but I’m a bit of an introvert. Even doing things like this can be a feat in of itself, but I’m getting better at it.

 

What inspires your writing?

Now, as far as what inspires my writing, that’s a whole other story. I have a love of Norse and Greek mythology, among a long list of others, and that definitely shows in my writing. While I love the original myths, I do have a little brother so I’ve been sure to write in a way that my work is age appropriate for children of young ages while also being deep enough to be an engaging read for the older generations.

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Another thing that you’ll notice about my writing is that my other hobbies, current and past, have a tendency to bleed into my writing. I won’t go into too much detail as I could be here for a while if I did, but I have experience tanning hides, processing my own food, making my own yarn, and a ton of other things that has given me a unique perspective about many things that most people my age haven’t the slightest perception of how it works.

Why did you take to writing?

Quite skimpily put, the story of Zelia had been bugging me for years. Finally, it demanded to be put down on paper.  I already had most of the world built and several of the characters fleshed out. In February I may have only started putting her world on paper.

I really didn’t have time to write, I made time. Cutting all television and most movie watching gave me the time to write between college assignments.  I love writing and would love to do it for a living, but I rather choose to write a compelling story than write to pay my bills.

How does writing help you?

Funny that you should ask. I’ve actually always been utterly horrible at spelling and grammar. However, as I’ve written and edited my work multiple times my spelling and grammar has improved. Not only that, but I’ve noticed that my research paper writing abilities have improved. Which is good, seeing as how I’ve been writing a lot of them this summer.

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Do you have days when you can’t write?

Certainly, I have actually just hit a wall with the first draft of book 3. I know where the story is going but I’m not sure how it’s going to get there. The characters are taking their sweet time decided where they want to go next.

What did you do to overcome these days?

I’ve found that editing other parts of the work or even earlier books in the series to be extremely helpful. It helps me get back into the character’s heads and stirs the kettle up a bit. If that doesn’t work I’ll step back and read a book. I have a few books on my shelf that are waiting to be read and a few works of Indy authors that are on my wish list.

When I read I delve into another author’s world and learn their writing style and when I come out I can look at my own work with a whole new light. Sometimes it’s almost as if I received an upgrade. When I learn something new or find something in someone else’s writing that bothers me, it opens my eyes to all kinds of things.

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What inspires you?

As of late, the most inspiring thing has been the willingness of authors to help each other. I know that I would not be where I am now if it weren’t for the advice and encouragement of both authors I have met in person and those I have met through social media. It’s my interactions with these people that make me want to strive to be a better person, one that is there and willing to lend a helping hand.

Zora Marie is truly a fascinating person and author, and yes, she most certainly has many unusual pastimes! You can find out more about her at her book launch – July 28th!

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Zora Marie will be posting her exciting happenings as they unfold on her website in the weeks after the event so be sure to come poke around and support her at https://zoramarie.weebly.com and catch her exciting newsfeed onTwitter @AuthorZoraMarie

Thanks for having me!

Thanking Zora Marie, The Author-Embracing Author, for sharing her precious time, her energy and her passion with us all! If you wish to guest blog here and showcase your work on all my social networks, please don’t hesitate to contact me… I will do all I can to assist you!The Write Styles is her for YOU.

Blessed Be,

Sancheo


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Writer’s Magic and Inspiration by Michele Barrow-Belisle

Michele Barrow-Belisle has become one of the most sought after authors, her radiant beauty shines through her writings and exploits the allure of her inner nature. Today The Write Styles is truly honored to share A Writer’s Magic and Inspiration By Michele Barrow-Belisle with you.

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A blogger once described my writing journey so far as a Cinderella Story. He went on to explain how I’d landed an agent and a publishing deal, and that my debut novel had hit the bestseller list, sold audio and foreign language rights, and been optioned for a major motion picture. I remember pausing to reflect on his analogy for a moment, at first wondering if the “magic” of Cinderella took into account the blood, sweat and tears that went into getting my first book published. Then I smiled when I realized that, yes, it really did. Continue reading Writer’s Magic and Inspiration by Michele Barrow-Belisle

Explore New Reasons to Carry On Writing

When times are tough, explore new reasons to carry on writing…

It’s not always sunshine and roses being a writer, and often we allow circumstances to get the better  of us. I want to you to join me as we explore some new reasons to carry on writing. You love your career. I am so grateful that somehow at some point, and entirely by Divine Intervention, the idea of creating my online business, The Write Styles, finally dawned on me and was a turning point in my life for which I am so grateful, and I am confident that you share my passion, but I also believe that you also have your moments of wanting to quit.

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Imagine earning USD 600 for an Article

You read right, you could be earning USD 600 for an article!

Get to your keyboard and start writing because you could well be earning USD 600 for an article! This is most definitely the highest paid rate for a freelance article that I’ve seen in a while. So scroll down to see what all is available to you this week. Today’s freelance jobs are most certainly challenging, but I am certain that you would agree that thereby they’re also rather riveting.

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Write Organic SEO vs Buying Non-Organic SEO

Write Original Organic SEO or Purchase Non-Organic SEO, which is the  better SEO for your business?

Organic vs. Non-Organic SEO and how you come to acquire your choice of SEO is similar to whether you purchase your food at an Organic Farmers’ Market or at your local fast-food drive-through.

What is SEO?

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