While the idea of the novelist crouched over his paper (typewriter, keyboard) in poor light in a cramped attic may seem romantic it does little to add to your productivity or to your health.
Getting up and stretching or even walking around a bit every 20-30 minutes can relieve cramping and stress in your body and give you a boost in energy. Deskhappy.com has a great site to help you with some stretches. Take a few minutes to close your eyes, breathe deeply and slowly. Amazing how much energy you can get just by breathing deeply and getting more oxygen.
Going for a daily walk can help you get those creative juices flowing. While your body is in motion let your mind sink into your story. Think ahead to the next scene. Picture it in your mind as you breathe and move. You should find renewed clarity and enthusiasm for you novel when you sit back down to your computer.
Get plenty of sleep. A well rested mind is an active and curious mind. Try to get 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep each day. As you go to bed each night try to clear your mind of all worries. You can think about the next scene in your novel as you drift off. Play the scene in your mind as if your characters are actors in a film.
Drink plenty of water. Experts recommend 8 to 12 glasses of water per day to be healthy. Instead of reaching for a soda or another cup of coffee, reach for a glass of water instead. You’ll feel refreshed and hydrated without the extra calories or caffeine that your body just doesn’t need.
Good luck & Happy Noveling!