I am an easily distracted writer. I always need to trick myself into concentration. For the past few weeks I've been exercising before I sit down to write. Stretching my arms and legs switches on my brain. I sweat out my reluctance to confront a blank page. My preferred form of exercise is a hike up a mountain, but I live in Florida, where the temperature in August varies from Sauna to Sixth Circle of Hell, and the only mountains are made by fire ants. So I don't do much outdoor exercise. I prefer to sweat in a comfortably air-conditioned room with a fan blowing and a glass of ice water a few inches from my hand.
This is where Youtube comes in. This morning I worked through Day 18 of Erin Motz's Yoga Challenge:
I don't know why setting the body in motion sets the mind in motion, but it does.