Why Blogging is Bad for Your Back, and Your Health
When I first started blogging, it happened slowly, gradually.
A slight ache at first. A twinge here and there. Then one day I reached into my closet to hang up a shirt and lost all core muscular support. I dropped to the ground with back spasms and was unable to get up for hours.
Eventually I crawled my way to the sofa where I spent the next eight hours. It wasn't until the next morning that I could stand upright and five weeks before I was back to moving and exercising without pain.
Up until that time, I hadn't had any back problems. But the many hours of sitting and slouching while working on my blog did the trick.
It was a big wake-up call. I didn't want to be one of those guys limping around, appearing older than their age, unable to play rec. league softball, wrestle with their kids, or do yard work.
I had always been an avid exerciser, but now I committed to strengthening my core so it wouldn't fail me again. I did hundreds of sit-ups, planks, and kettlebell swings. I sat up straighter whenever I sat down. I was much more careful about picking up and carrying heavy items.
But there was one thing in particular I did that has made the biggest difference: I bought a stand-up desk.
I had it installed at the perfect height so that my eyes were centered on the computer screen and my hands rested comfortably on the keyboard. It's been awesome. Now I don't have a hint of back pain.
As a side benefit, standing definitely keeps me focused for longer periods of time. It allows better blood flow to the brain and enables my body to remain loose, tension free, and ready to move. It even supports better fitness.
According to studies, standing can burn up to 1,000 additional calories per week as opposed to sitting. It also lowers blood sugar levels, improves mood and energy, boosts productivity, and reverses the 147% increase in sitting-related heart disease risk.
As for the damage it can do to your back, according to the UCLA Spine Center . . .
"Sitting for prolonged periods of time can be a major cause of back pain, cause increased stress of the back, neck, arms and legs and can add a tremendous amount of pressure to the back muscles and spinal discs. Additionally, sitting in a slouched position can overstretch the spinal ligaments and strain the spinal discs."
So is blogging bad for your back? If you're doing it while sitting down, then yes. Blogging is terrible for your back and probably not worth the money you make from it. Furthermore, it may cut years off of your life.
The simple solution is to take your laptop over to your book shelf or file cabinet, perhaps slide a few books underneath to the right height, and do your blogging there.
You can also head over to The Container Store, where I bought and configured my own custom stand-up desk with shelving and drawers. It set me back about $350 tax deductible. Not bad for better health, a sharper mind, and pain-free blogging.
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