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This was on the internets today, mocking me with its personal relevance:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/killer-chairs-how-desk-jobs-ruin-your-health/

In my writing class this week, we had to do a meditation exercise to learn awareness of our bodies (good writing involves being in the body, doncha know) while sitting down. I was a rebel. I lay down for it instead.

Earlier, on Wednesday, my PT asked how my level of pain was. I think he meant "between now, and when we started a few weeks ago." My answer was, "Well, it depends."

"On?"

Well, (1) which part of my body are we talking about? Oh, and, (2) my chair, (3) my chair, (4) my chair, and (5) my chair…..

I am in the process of chair shopping for both work and home, but actually helpful chairs are customized, and customized costs bucks. It is not something you purchase lightly.

I am a computer programmer by day, and a reader and writer by night. I do watch a little TV, but TV is hardly the problem when you are going to sit in the same chair anyway to work on a story, or read the internets, or read a book.

Of course, there is wisdom in getting up every once in a while from these activities--especially if your chair isn't custom-built for comfort--and stretching out all those muscles, and doing so for more than just a brief piddle-break or to grab a snack. On weekends, when I can spend an entire day in my chair writing, I find myself off fiddling, several times a day, on household projects elsewhere in the house, or in the garage. It's like I have to get up and do something, and that's probably a saving grace.

At work, it's more complicated. They want you, you know, doing your work, and at work, when I'm in my chair, I'm often pinned down by a jury-rigged set-up of lumbar pillows, blankets, multiple heating pads, foot rest, neck rest, lap desk and the half dozen other things I need so as not to get sore within fifteen minutes. Standing up and getting settled back down becomes, therefore, a very complicated affair.

Oh, plus, taking my shoes off and having to put them back on every time.

I shudder to think, though, what my body would be like now if I'd stayed in teaching. My dear old dad, who was in retail for forty years, was in pretty bad shape by the time he retired at 63.

But yeah, all that aside, I really need to get off my ass more, esp at the work place.


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cactuswatcher
Nov. 7th, 2014 11:40 pm (UTC)
I shudder to think, though, what my body would be like now if I'd stayed in teaching. My dear old dad, who was in retail for forty years, was in pretty bad shape by the time he retired at 63.

I sympathize. My feet were just horrendous when I retired. Now, after so long of not spending eight plus hours a day, day after day on concrete floors, they are back in decent shape. I still get extra arch supports for my shoes, but I don't worry about being physically able to hobble across a big store to get what I need.
masqthephlsphr
Nov. 8th, 2014 12:46 am (UTC)
Wow, improvements, I sort of figured it was keeping it at present state as long as possible from here on out.
cactuswatcher
Nov. 8th, 2014 01:01 am (UTC)
Somethings can get better, but it's wise to understand (as you do) not everything will.
masqthephlsphr
Nov. 8th, 2014 01:09 am (UTC)
Well, I figure strength exercises can stem the tide a bit. Never wanted to join a gym, but I'm hoping I can find a low-key one.
midnightsjane
Nov. 8th, 2014 08:48 am (UTC)
Interestingly enough, after close on fifty years of nursing, my body is holding up pretty well. I suspect it is because I don't spend a lot of time chained to a desk/computer, and also because I have been physically active for most of my life.
I think you should look into some sort of gentle exercise and strength training, perhaps an aquasize program. My friend Jill has terrible arthritis and goes to one. She finds it helpful.
masqthephlsphr
Nov. 8th, 2014 12:54 pm (UTC)
Don't underestimate the luck of good genes. Deborah has been teaching for decades and is also in great shape, unlike my dad, who was on his feet 40 years, or my mom, who had office jobs sitting down.
midnightsjane
Nov. 9th, 2014 06:48 am (UTC)
I definitely have some lucky genes. Come from a long line of very tough women, so I am sure that's helpful.
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