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Wednesday Workout: Renaming Today “Pens-day”

on January 18, 2012

Continuing with this week’s theme of world domination, instead of Wednesday, today is being renamed “Pens-day.” So far, the resistance has been futile. I renamed Monday “Fun-day” and Tuesday was officially changed to “Muse-day” and the response has been pretty ho-hum. That’s okay. Quite revolutions are the longest lasting.

Since this day at Writer Wellness is always about a fitness idea, the word is to get out your pens and write about exercise. Whether you consider yourself a writer or not, almost everyone has something to say about exercise.

“Whenever I feel the urge to exercise, I lie down.” Can’t pinpoint exactly who coined this one (feel free to help me out with proper citation,) but it encapsulates the way many people feel about exercise. They avoid it like the plague. On this momentous “Pens-day” instead of Wednesday, grab a writing implement in your hand (yes, we’ll count that as exercise move number one if you insist,) and write down what you think, feel, and smell about exercise. Simplify things and write a simple pros and cons list. If you like exercising, the pros list will be longer. If you don’t… (Yes, we’ll count the writing as exercise move number two if you insist.) But I insist that you take a good look at your exercise pro and con lists and make the commitment to add exercise to your DAILY list of things to do.


“I hate to exercise. I figure at my age, why bother? If God wanted me to bend over, he’d throw diamonds on the floor!”

                ~Joan Rivers

The image of something valuable in return for the effort of exercise is a great one to keep in mind as you put one foot in front of the other and pound a path on that treadmill until they have to call in a repairman to replace the tread!

Why don’t you post your exercise pros and cons list here today, right now on this first and important “Pens-day?”

There are five primary areas of practice to the Writer Wellness plan. Every other week I will post an idea for relaxation (Monday Meditation,) creative play (Tuesday Tickle,) fitness and exercise (Wednesday Workout,) journaling and misc. (Thursday Thought,) and nutrition (Friday Feast.)

Meanwhile, remember to look for a digital or print copy of Writer Wellness, A Writer’s Path to Health and Creativity at Who Dares Wins Publishing,

And check out these great blogs for ideas to keep your writing and publishing healthy and prosperous. Bob Mayer Jenni Holbrook Kristen Lamb Inspiration for Writers, Inc. Natalie Markey Amy Shojai

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4 responses to “Wednesday Workout: Renaming Today “Pens-day”

  1. msspencer says:

    Joy–I can’t resist: Robert Maynard Hutchins, President of the University of Chicago (my alma mater):”When I feel like exercising I just lie down until the feeling goes away.” He is credited with making U of C 1 of the premier graduate institutions of the U.S., introducing the Great Books curriculum, eliminating grades in the college, and abolishing the football program. UofC had the 1st Heisman Trophy winner, & didn’t get another stadium until the 1970s. Meredith


  2. Jeanne says:

    Exercise to me is one key to a life well lived. This is my one precious life and my one precious vessel. As Plato said “Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.” When creating a list of pros and cons regarding exercise I have many pros and not one con. I look forward to my workouts and I am selfish about my workouts – it is my time for me. I’ve been late to many meetings, party’s, appointments, etc. due to getting my workout in but I am satisfied that I took the time for me and my precious vessel. I’m still stumped by a smell that comes to mind when thinking about exercise. Thanks for the “Pens Day” and getting my brain working. I believe your quiet revolution will spread. I enjoy your blog and am looking forward to reading more. P.S. Are you familiar with the book – You Are Your Own Gym by Mark Lauren?


    • Joy Held's Writer Wellness Blog says:

      Hi, Jeanne,
      Lovely comments. Thanks for noting that my revolution is “quiet” rather than “quite”. That is one of those words that sometimes no matter how many times I look at it I miss it when I’ve typed the letters in the wrong order. I guess that what makes a blog so “real”…flubbing. Yes, I have read Lauren but I don’t own a copy. Are you sharing yours?


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