How I Get My Butt Out of My Chair While Writing

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Writing involves a lot of sitting. I really mean a lot. And, so I’ve heard, sitting for long periods of time is not so good on the body. Because of this sad news, I have come up with quite a few little exercises for when I’ve had my butt in the chair for too long. And, since I really like to multitask (sometimes to my own detriment), many of the exercises I do are things I can do while doing other things. In other words, multitasking. Yes, multitasking. Did I say multitasking yet? I think I may have…

Anyway, here are a few of the things I do to get my butt out of my chair and my blood flowing:

  • The thing that I do that takes the least amount of effort and gets the job done is super simple. Really. I just stand up and stretch! Wow, groundbreaking. Seriously.
  • Another thing I do, which gets my butt out of my chair but still involves my chair, are chair dips. Another really easy exercise and I can even continue to look at my screen while doing them. Exciting.
  • I keep a small 5 pound weight next to my desk. It may not get my butt out of my chair, but it does get the blood flowing. And I suppose it also keeps my arms toned. Oh, and it is also something I can do while keeping my eyes on the screen. Wow, I really should give my eyes a break…
  • Another thing, which doesn’t disrupt the current position of my body, is a wall sit. I usually just get up and head to the wall and do a quick 30 second wall sit, but sometimes I switch it up and do 45 seconds or even a full minute. This is also when I give my eyes their much needed break.
  • Along the same lines as the first bullet point, I also stand up and walk around once in a while. I usually do this while I am thinking about what I am going to write next. Or when I am hungry, thirsty, need to pee, etc…
  • And lastly, when I really need a good break from sitting, I head on over to my recumbent exercise bike with a good book or my ereader and get my legs a-moving. Oh wait. Recumbent… Bike… Riiiiiight, that is still sitting. Oh well!

Well, that’s my list!

What do you do to get your butt out of your chair, whether you’re writing or otherwise?

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Leetah Begallie

Leetah is a writer and graphic designer who lives on Vancouver Island in Beautiful British Columbia. She enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her husband (Matt), her dog (Isla), and her three pet rats (Avi, Lily, and River).

She writes mostly fantasy but enjoys tying in other genres to her stories.


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  • I’ve rigged my desk so that I can stand up and write. It’s amazing. It really prevents that whole I’ve-been-sitting-on-my-butt-all-day feeling.

    And when I need to, I only write/market/edit in 60-90 minute increments. IE- I’ll write for sixty minutes, then go clean or run errands for thirty. I try and set a pretty strict time frame though (yeah, right!) or I get distracted.

    Which happens ALL THE TIME.

  • I’m a very antsy person, so if I sit down for too long, I’ll go stir crazy. Now, mind you, I have spent entire days writing from the moment I woke up to the moment I lay back down in bed, but I still moved around occasionally. I think what helps me most is getting up and walking around outside, even if only for a few minutes. Sure, the light can be blinding, but taking a short walk outside does a lot to refresh my mind, and gives me more inspiration when I sit back down to write.

    • Ahh! The light! The enemy of all writers!

      But seriously, yes, getting outside for a quick walk is always good. I’ve gotten a puppy since writing this post so I head outside for walks a lot more than I used to and I find it is a great way to get off my butt and refresh my mind 🙂

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