Sitting in front of the computer day in, day out. Sounds pretty boring and harmless, right?
The Content Wrangler has an interesting article about the health complications that can arise from a lack of balance between work and exercise. The article’s author, Martha Tucker, discusses what happened when she was working on her novel, The Mayor’s Wife Wore Sapphires:
Most writers have dangerous issues they pay little or no attention to until it’s too late–their health! And yet, health can be more of a problem than writer’s block, complications of concentration, writing anxiety, daily output frustration and editor angst. What I’m talking about is sitting-related diseases.
Martha Tucker discusses some simple remedies such as regularly getting up and moving away from your desk to combat the problem of “falling apart”.
This might seem banal, or even silly to some people, but I do think that with all the sitting we do in front of computers in our highly technological world we need to heed her words. You might be developing into a variant of the couch potato – the desk potato!
Each hour you sit at your computer causes another part of the body to break down, atrophy, cells to die, muscles to sag. Those are just the results you can see. The body was wired to move. When it doesn’t move it rusts inside, and rust (oxidation) causes health problems. As simple as that.
Moving about will actually help with your writing. You can combat all the negative effects of sitting in your chair for hours at a time. Less locking of neck muscles. Less fluid retention in the ankles. Less of the bad stuff, and more of the good stuff!
Remember: I am not a doctor! I just found what I think is an interesting article that gets an important message across very simply, and I want to share it with you. Pass the message along to someone you care for.
PS The article was posted on The Content Wrangler nearly one month ago. I simply missed it in my RSS feed from that site. I also happen to subscribe to the TCW newsletter, and I discovered this article when it was mentioned in this month’s newsletter, which just dropped into my mailbox. Tom Johnson recently asked whether newsletters were dead. Well, here is your answer, Tom. Newsletters are backups for the slowpokes!
And now to go stretch.