OK, avoid it might be a strong word. After all, you’re a writer, and writers do most of their work sitting down. In fact, as a writer it’s usually considered a serious “win” to sit in a chair in front of your computer pumping out words for hours on end.
What’s unfortunate is that all the sitting you’re doing could be slowly killing you.
Don’t believe me? Just check out this infographic for starters:
How Can You Combat This?
As a writer, you obviously are going to find yourself sitting down pretty often. That doesn’t have to be a death sentence for your health, though.
As I’m sure you noticed, there are quite a few suggestions in the infographic itself for how you can combat the damage long periods of sitting does on your body.
A few other ideas to help you are:
- Make sure you’re doing stretches that are specific to writers
- Take a Creativity Walk at least once a day
- Think about creating some kind of standing desk you can use to rotate with your sitting desk
I don’t have the space in my apartment right now for a standing desk (or any desk, for that matter), so what I do is use my laptop at the counter a few hours a day. I also take breaks once an hour and take my dog for short walks 2-3 times throughout the day.
I didn’t share that infographic with you to try and scare you (I don’t believe in scare tactics). I did it so you’d see how important it is to take good care of your body. The reason I love the above infographic so much is because it not only defines a problem, but it offers a solution.
That’s what I’m all about: solutions, actions steps, planning. Whatever helps you (and me) get our writing done.
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How do you plan to combat the health risks of sitting for so long?