by Madeline Laughs
I have never thought about how much time I spend sitting down to use my computer, much less how much time passes when I start writing and get really into it. I forget the clock if I’m engrossed in my subject. That’s a lot of time spent with my spine in one position and that’s not healthy.
I’ve had back surgery, so my back will always hurt now. Because of the surgical procedure I have developing arthritis in the bone part of my spine.
Let me see if I can explain this using technical terms.
You know the part of your spine that faces inwards? You know, towards your internal organs? Well, there’s holes on that side of the discs that your nerves go through and in my spine, that’s where the arthritis is. It’s making those holes smaller and pinching the nerves in my lower back. So sitting for long periods of time can and will make my feet numb. That’s never a good thing.
How badly did I butcher those medical terms? But you get my drift. Maybe I can find a picture for you.
What can all of us do for ourselves to remain healthy, and still write?
My friend Nic has done a couple of things that I think are spot on. First she raised the height of her desk, making it a standing work station. If she needs to rest, she can always sit on a high stool. Raising a desk is not brain surgery either. You can use a few cinder blocks, or something equally sturdy that will support the full weight of your desk, and everything on it.
The other thing she did was what I thought was pure genius when I read about it!
She made a big jar with folded pieces of paper to put on her desk. I think it was every half hour, but it might have been less time, but she would reach into the jar and take out one folded paper and read what she had written on it.
On each folded paper she had written things like;
do 25 jumping jacks
do 10 squats
stretch your hamstrings
And so on.
Is that the best idea anyone chained to a desk writing ever had in their entire lives, or what?! And it’s easy to implement! And it’s FREE!
Any way you look at it, my friend Nic is an all out winner when it comes to sitting down to write. I’m making a jar today! I’m also going to figure out how to set an alarm system on my computer so I won’t have to be a clock watcher. I’ll let you know how it turns out.