Except Mohsin Hamad, author of Moth Smoke. He decided to follow the method preferred by novelist Haruki Murakami:
Murakami, who transformed himself from nicotine-stained wastrel to marathoning meganovelist, urges writers to prepare for novels like contestants gearing up for the Hunger Games. By uncovering links between physical rigor and creative health, Hamid stays well in both life and work.
Well, don't just sit there staring at your computer. Put on your tenny-runners and start training for that marathon.