Monday, June 17, 2024

Why You Don't Have to be a Desk Bound Writer


Writing is a sedentary gig unless one has a treadmill desk. But I have long believed writing and working out are complementary disciplines. And it's not just that moving counterbalances the effects of sitting in a chair for so many hours every day. I've long believed that the work-out life has lessons for the writing life. I've "solved" a lot of books while at the gym, in part because I'm not trying to solve them at that precise moment. When you're loose, focusing on a physical task, it's amazing what can happen in your head.

Laura Lippman 

The Pains and Strains of Being a Writer

Unfortunately sitting down for long periods of time is one of the downsides of being a writer.  And this isn't healthy.  It can lead to all sorts of health problems, and shorten your life.

The Desk Bound Writer

Back, Neck, Shoulder Pain and RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury)

All of the above can cause major strain on your life as a writer.

Back and Neck Pain

Having a healthy workspace is difficult, especially if you don't have the budget to cover the cost of getting a good chair, desk, laptop stand etc.  Having the correct seating arrangement when you write will help your body stay strong and will also take away a lot of the pains and strains you would have suffered if you stayed with your original desk space.

RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury)

Yet another pain to contend with while sitting at your desk.  And if you're really fortunate (I say this sarcastically) you may also end up with trigger finger on not just one finger but most fingers of your hands. 

Don't be Alarmed!

I say all of this, but it doesn't stop me from writing regularly and producing books and blog posts.  What matters the most is being able to write and do it in a healthier way, so that you're not damaging your body.

You need to look into how to make your workspace more ergonomical.

Creating a Healthier Workspace

What is an Ergonomical Workspace and How Can I Benefit from it?

Meaning of Ergonomical

ergonomics (redirected from Ergonomical)

(used with a sing. verb) The applied science of equipment design, as for the workplace, intended to maximize productivity by reducing operator fatigue and discomfort. 

It's pretty clear to see that sitting the wrong way can cause you some serious damage, eventually leading to long term health problems. Which can be stopped before they get any worse.

So let's take a look at an Ergonomical Workstation.

How You Should be Sitting at Your Desk

  • Shoulders and back upright (Your chin should be at a 90° angle.
  • Your desk should match your posture (Your chair should be high enough so that you're knocking banging against the desk).
  • Your desk should be low enough so that your elbows are at a 90° angle.
  • You shouldn't have to strain to see your screen. 
  • Computer or laptop position should be at eye level so that you're not bending your neck down.

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