I was sitting hunched over my keyboard a few months ago, feverishly trying to finish my latest post when I felt a twinge in my back. Now twinges and I are old friends, but it got me thinking: how many bloggers are putting their bodies at risk with poor posture? Are there ways to avoid that end of day bone ache? Is it healthier way to approach blogging and stay fit at your desk? Are we suffering from blogger fatigue?
Sitting is probably one of the worst things we can do all day long, our bodies simply aren’t designed to sit for long periods of time. Our circulation suffers, our joints become stiff and our muscles tie themselves in knots. We need to take action – especially if we are older bloggers.
I’m still delving into this subject and putting together my own desk workout, but there are a number of tricks that I’ve been using for the last few months that have really helped me feel fresher and less broken at the end of a busy blogging day. I hope they help you to avoid blogger fatigue.
How To Stay Fit At Your Desk
Think about purchasing a stability ball. By forcing ourselves to sit upright throughout the day we’re engaging our core muscles and giving then a mini workout. I’m still getting used to mine, it takes a while to get used to the wobbly sensation. I’d advise incorporating one into your day slowly and carefully.
Ultimately a stand up desk or treadmill desk would be the way forward but, as I’m incapable of doing two things at once, I’d probably end up catapulting myself through the window with a treadmill desk so I’ll stick to the ball for now 😉
Set a timer. As I said, our bodies do not function well when we sit at a desk all day so set a timer for every 40 minutes. When it goes off get up and move around the room, walk up and downstairs a few times, walk around the block (the fresh air will really help with your concentration), do a five minute stretch, do whatever you can to get your body moving.
Studies have shown that after around 45 minutes our attention fades. It’s really difficult to stay in a creative zone for any longer. Some studies have found that our attention span is even shorter at 20 minutes, so work with your own body.
Always have water to hand. Our brains and bodies simply cannot function properly without being well hydrated. It’s easy to forget to drink when we are engrossed in a task, so keep a bottle of water to hand and keep sipping!
It’s also incredibly easy to mistake thirst for hunger. By keeping our bodies topped up with fluid we’ll be less likely to grab those sometimes unhealthy snacks.
Don’t snack at your desk. I have to admit, this is one that I found the most difficult to stick to. Yet, by mindlessly chewing and swallowing food I was literally overfilling myself. It’s almost impossible to use the hunger scales when you are unaware of how full your stomach actually is.
Food should also be enjoyed, it’s one of the little pleasures in life – it deserves our full attention. Let’s keep our snacks away from our desks and enjoy them when we take our breaks.
Take a proper lunch break. Prepare lunch in advance (as if packing a lunch for the office) and take a proper break. Squeeze in a workout before tucking in!
I know from experience that it’s all too easy to get caught up in work and end up grabbing a quick snack, or worse forgetting to eat altogether. Set a timer and take a proper break – our bodies and brains will thank us for it.
Work. Break. Move. Repeat. Remember to work, break, move and repeat. You will be more productive, less stiff, it’s a far healthier way to work and you mind and body with work at a far more optimum level.
Do you have any tips for keeping fit as a blogger? Do let me know in the comments section.