Sitting too long, especially without moving from one position, even at a computer, is bad for your body - and maybe your psyche, too. "'Setting an alarm to go off every 20 to 30 minutes is a good reminder to stand up,”...Even 15 seconds of standing helps break the seated cycle.'”
DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEAS TO HELP US GET UP AND MOVE AT LEAST ONCE EACH HOUR?
-excerpts above & below from "..heal a sedentary body by breaking the ‘seated cycle’: Why sitting too long is bad for you," by Maggie Fazeli Fard, washingtonpost.com, Published: November 12 online, in print p. E3 Nov 13, 2012. ".. view the entire article or email a link/copy to a friend
BTW, a laptop computer cannot be used in any ergonomically desirable position [according to everything I've read or experienced]. If the screen is at a "good" distance/location for your eyes, then the keyboard cannot be at a good distance/location for your arms, back, etc. Similarly for iPads/Tablets. This is easy to fix by using an external keyboard with a laptop or iPad/Tablet. So, obviously, avoid using iPad/Tablet attachment that provides an external keyboard that can only be used in a position that emulates a laptop configuration!
"Set up a way to stand up and do some of your computing once in a while. Treadmill, rubber/wire rack from Home Depot held on by LOTS of velcro, laptop, and very very very slow speed." Email from Ilene Frank
More excerpts from "Why sitting too long is bad for you":
"The evils of sitting have been well documented in recent years. It’s been associated with everything from increased cancer risk to shorter life expectancy, '...if the body doesn’t move, it’s not going to work.'”
"According to the magazine [NYU Physician article, including comments from physician Wayne Stokes], chronic back pain isn’t caused so much by acute injury as by muscles that have become weak or imbalanced from disuse. ...'It’s possible to do the wrong exercises and make things worse,' says Stokes. He and other doctors are pursuing more holistic treatment regimens that combine medical interventions with lifestyle changes: strengthening exercises for the core and lower back, massage, acupuncture, anti-inflammatory meds and injections. And above all, we need to get up, stand up.
"'Setting an alarm to go off every 20 to 30 minutes is a good reminder to stand up,” says Stokes. 'Even 15 seconds of standing helps break the seated cycle.'”
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