More
    Home Blogging Blogging Requires An Unhealthy Lack of Physical Activity

    Blogging Requires An Unhealthy Lack of Physical Activity

    Speaking from personal experience, I can attest to the fact that blogging, writing, or running a website for any length of a time requires you to sit at more or less motionless at a desk for extended periods of time. Your back will start hurting, your butt gets sore, and your eyes burn from too much time spent staring at a computer screen. You need to do it in order to do your job, but the lack of physical activity isn’t good for your body or your mental health.

    Blogging Requires An Unhealthy Lack of Physical Activity 1

    Researchers at the University of Wisconsin in Green Bay have come up with a two-page Computer Workstation Ergonomic Self-Assessment you can take to determine what actions you need to take to reduce the stress and strain on your body. It will also help reduce the odds that you’ll develop some kind of musculoskeletal disorder.

    Simple Steps

    There are 16 very simple steps you can take to improve your skills and one of them is to take breaks. Sitting motionless for hours on end will wear you down in no time. You need a break to relax your mind and re-charge your batteries. After you complete each task on your to-do list, get up and take a 15-20 minute break.

    Go outside, take a walk, windmill your arms, drink some coffee, splash water on your face, talk to a co-worker; do anything except to continue sitting at your desk staring at the monitor.

    There are some fortunate people who make money travel blogging, that is, they get paid to travel and write about the places they visit. Their job, by definition, requires them to get up and move around. Great! But for the rest of us, there needs to be another answer.

    There is.

    Adjustable Desks

    Desks from HADO (Height Adjustable Desks Online) are available in electrical models, hand-cranked ones, and gravity adjustments. The height of these desks can be adjusted for use when you’re sitting down or standing. They can also be adjusted to accommodate different chair heights. You can even move them up or down so you can sit on a bar stool.

    Benefits

    There are benefits to using a standing desk or adjustable desk. We’ll examine them one by one.

    ● Weight

    People gain weight because they eat (or drink) more calories than they burn during the day. When you turn the equation around and burn more calories than you eat or drink, you lose weight. Simple.

    Exercise is the best way to burn calories, but did you know that you burn an extra 170 calories in an afternoon by standing instead of sitting? That works out to more than 800 calories a week burned off, just by standing instead of sitting – in the afternoon! You can still sit in the morning and lose weight this way. Pretty impressive.

    ● Blood Sugar

    Your blood sugar spikes after you eat a meal, but it spikes even more if you’re sitting instead of standing or walking around.

    Researchers studied small groups of office workers and discovered that the group who stood for 180 minutes after lunch reduced their blood sugar by 43% compared to the group who sat down for 180 minutes.

    By the way, the steps the two groups walked in the afternoon – going to the printer, bathroom breaks, etc. – were the same, proving it was the standing that created the difference in their blood sugar.

    ● Heart Disease

    It’s been known since 1953 that standing lowers your chance of developing heart problems. Since then research has shown that excess sitting can increase your risk of heart disease by over 145%. That’s a big jump just because you’re sitting on your rear end all day.

    ● Back Pain

    We already mentioned back pain from too much sitting. It’s one of the most common complaints from office workers. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) found in one study that using a height adjustable desk for a little as four weeks reduced back and neck pain in the participants by 54%.

    Other studies support the CDC’s conclusions, demonstrating that standing at your desk instead of sitting can decrease chronic back pain.

    ● Mood

    Finally, our physical well-being is heavily influenced by height-adjustable desks. Studies have shown that people who use them report significantly less stress and fatigue than their counterparts in the studies who remained sitting all day.

    The study reported that 87% of those who stood during the day reported feeling better and more energetic throughout the whole day, which allowed them to get more done.

    Editor's Pick

    10 Efficient Link Building Tactics for Ecommerce Stores

    Good organic ranking in search engines is essential for any eCommerce business, and link building is a powerful method to achieve it....

    11 Best Video Presentation Softwares To Up Your Presentation Game

    Have you got a major presentation coming up? Wish to attract the attention of your audience? The best way to ensure that...

    Top 3 Cameras For Recording Podcasts in 2020

    Video podcasting is a new and effective way of sharing, and airing your opinions. The platform gives a wide range of advantages...

    9 Benefits of Using WordPress for Your Business Website

    Since its inception back in 2003, WordPress has become one of the most sought after blogging platforms in the market. Over the last couple...

    Headless WordPress- Designing WordPress Site Without a Theme

    Wordpress has always been the go-to solution for most businesses that look out for a digital presence. The leading CMS platform excels...
    Subscribe
    Notify of
    guest
    0 Comments
    Inline Feedbacks
    View all comments
    0
    Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
    ()
    x