You may have heard that sitting is the most unhealthy activity that humans engage in (and you thought it was unsafe sex...). It's the best way to ensure that your joints stiffen and your back collapses and your muscles turn into mashed potatoes. Question: anyone has any personal tricks, as a writer spending hours in front of the computer, to avoid rotting from too much sitting?
I personally just discovered the wii fit (I know, dorky as hell). If I don't have the time to put on gym clothes and go gymming or running or something similar, I just jump on the wii fit and do some fun games or yoga, and it does help. But I'm not as consistent in doing much of anything, so I still end up spending hours without a break at the computer.
What do you do?
I like the idea of those desks, I just don't like the idea of not being able to chill out when I want.
I try to get up and walk around, do a little stretching every hour or so.
I do yoga regularly so I just use some of the tricks to stretch even if i'm sitting, or use some of the tricks they teach you for when you get stuck on a plane for hours. But then I usually have problems sitting down for too long so I'll go do something (dishes, laundry, cooking) before sitting back down to write.
I just replace one damaging activity with another by getting up to take regular smoke breaks.
Those kneeling chairs and yoga ball seats also look promising.
But Daniel, are you using one of those standing or kneeling desks? I would be curious if people who use them are happy with them.
The GeekDesk is an adjustable height desk. So when you want to stand, you stand. When you want to sit, you sit. It's important to remember that all the research suggests it doesn't matter how active you are after work, if you sit for eight hours a day, run all you want, you're still screwed.
It's not just office-equipment-turned-hair-shirt, it's a necessary evil. IMHO.
Now I will flag my own post as offensive.
Rotting creates art, and hygiene issues.
For resurrecting this old post, Laurance gets a Rot Award.
I'm going to make it a hobby, oh and I showered today everybody.
Five minute exercise everyday after waking up before the breeakfast will solve all the problem about that matter. I did that for a long time with my weights. But each movement during the weight lifting exercise has to be carefully chosen to use all the muscles body has. I had started with a tiny weight. I increased the weight when the old one was lighter in time. Now it is 55 pounds. I didn't increase then. It musn't last more than five minutes. What I did during the exercise is that I forced my self to be as fast as I can, so my blood pressure reached to the top level and I always had extraordinary sweat all over my body at the end. And I walked (from fast to slow) until my blood pressure reached to the normal level after the exercise. Than a shower and than breakfast. If you sit all day in front of the computer all day, for years nothing happens. But this can be dangerous if you have any kind of health problem and/or if you don't know your body and/or if you don't know how to listen your body during the exercise. You feel younger, more dynamic, happier and healthier. I'm not exercising now but I think daily five minute exercise without extraordinary forcing your body will solve the problem.
I'm having to do special stretches because I already have high arches anyway, and was recovering from an injury contributing to lots of writing time. So I do them as much as I can now. You could consider that.
As always, doesn't replace running.
Don't people go on walks anymore?
I alternate between yoga and jogging (yoga when I don't feel like going outside). I also have a small trampoline, for the times when I actually sit for hours and I want to take microbreaks.
Wait, I started this thread? Hah.
Have a nice comfy chair. Otherwise your butt will be sore forever!
Develop ADHD and this won't be a problem. You won't be able to sit for longer than half an hour without wanting to tear your hair out. No, don't develop ADHD. Then you'll have the opposite problem.
Develop a second passion, just make sure it's not a sit there kinda thing. Even playing guitar is better than nothing, you can go anywhere with it, play standing up, laying down, walking (get a strap).
Or go for a walk and space out on the sky.
Get a job working with kids, that shit will keep you on your toes.