How to Conquer the Pain from Working at Your Desk All Day?
I knew there would be perks and challenges when I decided to work from home. The perks were going to be spending more time with the kids, saving money on office rent, and being my own boss. I thought the main challenge would be the distractions. How wrong I was.
While the distractions can, and will continue to be, somewhat of a challenge, I found the sedentary and repetitive setting to be far worse. Soon, I found that my back was aching. I was exhausted by 2 in the afternoon, and my eyes blurred even before then. I won’t even mention my shrinking jeans.
A Real PAIN of Action, or Lack of…
As a freelance writer, I sit…a lot. Writing, researching, and even looking for more projects is typically done in the sitting position. This is a great way to develop back problems, or aggravate an existing one. If you have ever had a backache, even a temporary one, you probably realize that sitting is a big instigator.
Another instigator for pain is the repetition of working on a keyboard. Carpal Tunnel is a popular ailment that stems from a repetitive action, such as typing. As a writer it’s rather difficult to avoid this, unless you hire someone to write for you.
Then there’s exhaustion, which typically seems to roll in about mid afternoon. It’s another consequence of sitting too long. Odd as that might sound, exhaustion can come from lack of activity, just as much as too much activity. Yawning and rubbing my eyes were soon a normal part of my afternoon.
Did I mention the weight gain? Oh, that’s right. I said I wasn’t going to mention it. But, ignoring it doesn’t mean it won’t sneak up on us.
A Real PLAN of Action
I knew that if I wanted my decision to work from home to succeed, I needed a new plan. One of action, rather than lack of. If I wanted to be more involved with the kids, which was the main reason for working at home, then I needed to be healthy enough to make the most of my time with them.
Realizing that getting my body to move more was the key to rid myself of the pains that could keep me down; I did a little research on ways to help do that throughout the day.
What I found was it doesn’t have to be long intervals, but rather a few short ones instead. I needed to have short little break of movement to keep my metabolism going. So, I then wanted to find something to help me do that.
I discovered that a set of Bowflex Dumbbells would work well for my particular work setting. First, they are compact, yet versatile. Second, I could use them periodically throughout the day, especially when ‘pausing’ during a mental block in my writing.
Taking a few short breaks to maintain my physical and mental well-being really made a difference in how I felt overall throughout the day. My energy was back, the pains were lessened, and I could easily play with the kids again. I even incorporated some of these breaks of working with the weights with the kids. They loved it.
Helpful Tips for Staying Active in a Physically Inactive Career
- Scheduling breaks will help you to find the time to get active. Actually book this time as an appointment in your day calendar, and do it in about 2-3 short intervals of about 20 minute.
- Tell your kids about these breaks. It’s amazing how kids can hold you to your word.
- Invest in time and space-saving equipment that you won’t have to waste time in setting it up.
- Find an exercise program that the entire family can do together. If everyone is doing it, you are more likely to stick with it. I found a great one through a review of the P90X workout system.
Just do some research to find what is best for you, as well as your family. Working out together can be fun, beneficial, and great for long-term success. I believe a healthy mind stems from a healthy body. The more energy you have, the more you will accomplish. I hope that you can find some inspiration through my experiences.
About the Author
[box type="info"]Melissa Cameron is a freelance writer, living in Austin Texas with her husband and 2 children. She enjoys writing about parenting, living on a budget, and local history. On her downtime, she spends time with her extended family, including her parents who live next door.[/box]