5 30-Second exercises to improve your mood

As a writer, I often sit for long periods of time. Every once in a while, I need to stop and take a break. I do these five quick exercises and only spend about 30 seconds a piece. Even this quick little pick-me-up after sitting over the computer dreaming up sweet romances and clean romantic suspense plots. Exercise doesn't have to be lengthy to be effective, every bit of exercise is good. As with any exercise, be sure to consult your doctor to make sure it's okay for you do to any of these exercises. And make sure you follow a few tips:

Lunges: keep your knees at 45 degree angles and don't let your knees go over your toes. Don't do if you have knee or hip problems.

Squats: keep knees over ankles and drop your bottom. Even shallow squats will be beneficial. Don't do if you have knee problems.

Arm circles: stick out your arm parallel to the floor and rotate your wrists back to rotate your arms back. Then rotate wrists forward to move arms forward. Don't try if you have any neck or shoulder issues.

Cross punches: you want to punch across your midsection to work your abs as well as your arms. Keep your arms up to avoid strain in your neck and shoulder.

Knee raises: lift knees to chest while keeping a straight back. You can also crunch diagonally across your midsection as you raise your knee for added benefit. Do not attempt if you have balance issues.

Happy exercising!


  1. Thanks for all the clear advice and your example graphic. I like the fact that Pins have a long shelf life and with your tips I might be able to use Pintarest in a smarter way than I have so far.

    1. Thanks for checking this out! I hope this was helpful!


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