Friday, April 16, 2010

Walking While You Write

Post by NCW Director Kerrie Flanagan

As part of my busting out of the box, I am making it a goal to blog more consistently. So here's today's post.

Most writers need their BIC to write. And when I say BIC I mean Butt in Chair--not the clicky pen kind. I must admit, I used to be one of those wr
iters, but not any more.

One month ago, I'd had it with so much sitting. Because with the sitting usually cam
e lots of drinking (hot tea) and lots of snacking, along with the writing. One of my NCW members mentioned that she has a standing workstation at her office that she can use when she is tired of sitting. I liked the idea, but wanted to take it a "step" further. I wanted to figure out how to incorporate some kind of exercise while writing.

Then it hit me. I needed to add something to my treadmill. Then I could walk and write at the same time. I found a 3/4" piece of plywood in our garage that was about 1'x3'. I got two bungee cords, secured it to my treadmill and ta da, I had a new workstation.

I was so excited! I got my laptop, my mouse, my water and my phone and set up my new office. I found out quickly that you can't walk too fast while you are trying to write. A speed of about 1.6 and an incline of 3 works perfectly for me.

I don't walk and write all the time, because sometimes I need to be still and quiet in order for my muse to flow. But I am loving this new option. It seems to really work well for emailing, blogging and tweeting. I also feel really good when I am done, knowing that I have gotten in some exercise.

So over the last month I have walked for 8.7 hours and covered 14.6 miles...You can't get that with your BIC.

14 comments:

Janie B said...

What a great idea! Good for you. I don't have a treadmill, but I am walking/jogging 3-4 times a week. Can't write at the same time though...bummer. Ha! Keep it up.

Angel said...

What a nifty little invention! I love it!

Kerrie said...

I do love my little invention. Janie, good for you walking/jogging that much each week. I bet you go a mile much faster than I do.

Eric W. Trant said...

That's an awesome invention!

- Eric

marginalia said...

This is an incredible invention. I'll have to see what I can rig up.

Kerrie said...

Thanks Eric.
Marginalia--let me know what you come up.

nomadshan said...

Awesome, Kerrie! Now when someone asks how much you wrote last month, you can say, "Over fourteen miles." :)

Kerrie said...

Shannon, That is very funny. I love it.

paulgreci said...

Great post! I've been walking while I write since June with a similar set up. Like you, I don't do it all the time and have settled into pretty much the same speed and incline. It's great for my back. Walk on!

Patricia Stoltey said...

I love that! I've been thinking of putting a recumbent cross-trainer in front of the TV to use during my favorite shows. I've also heard that sitting on an exercise ball instead of a chair in front of the computer helps tone butt and stomach muscles because they're always working to keep you balanced. Where there's a will, there's a way.

Eddie Stephen said...

You should create a BIC index. So walking while working would be a . -4.23 BIC. 2 bags of cheetos while not working out would be a +8.94 BIC. I'm still not sure what the numbers are actually measuring, but it sounds impressive, "Today I walked 4 miles over 2.3 hours and my BIC was an amazing -10.47"

Just a thought, if you end up getting a patent for the NO-BIC Workstation, you could also create the BIC index

Kerrie said...

That's too funny Eddie. I think I will have to do that. :-)

Cricket McRae said...

That's awesome, Kerrie! It would be tough to do something like that with my elliptical trainer, but I do manage to read/research and scribble notes while on it. Then I'm all ready to hit the keyboard when finished.

For years I was also that dork who read while walking to and from school. I saw someone doing that on the bike trail the other day, and I felt a little nostalgic!
Hearth Cricket

Erika said...

Now imagine drinking water, walking, and writing while wearing Pajama Jeans. Hmmm...

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