Writing is a sedentary activity. Although there are several clever ways to make it less of one, the fact is most people do it while sitting. There are treadmill desks where writers can walk slowly while they tap away at the keys. There are standing desks where instead of sitting you stand which is supposed to be better for the core and all the supporting muscles, and then there are a variety of balls and other sitting things that are supposed to encourage movement.
I’ve tried the standing desk and found that I avoided working at the computer because of it. It made more parts of me hurt than simply sitting. My back hurt, my feet hurt, my neck hurt, it wasn’t worth it, even if it was “healthier.” I must have been doing it wrong. Perhaps I should have tried it while wearing shoes.
I tried sitting on an exercise ball and liked it but mine was not large enough and a bit under inflated to boot so that when I sat on it my chin was level with the edge of the desk. Even if I had the right one and it was perfect I just know that my kids would steal it every chance they could and use it to bowl for their little brother.
The problem with needing to spend extra hours at a keyboard is that you don’t have those hours to do healthier things. And if you’re any bit like me you also use that time to nibble.
Because of this I’ve found stray pounds being attracted to me little lost puppies. The first few didn’t bother me, there were even kinda cute in a way. Well, not really. The problem started when they started inviting friends to come and hang out around my midsection.
Now, it’s time to declare war. I’m tired of finding that half my pants no longer fit and want my old belly back. This means sneaking in more activity and exercise during the day and watching calories.
Bring it on.
Tell me about it. I work in an office building. Humans aren’t built for that.
Yikes. While searching for a good image for the post I found a bunch of workplaces that had everyone sitting on balls or standing at their desks – makes me wonder if it helps with productivity? You’re right, people aren’t built to work in offices.