How Blogging Relates to Our Health & Well Being
In considering how blogging relates to my health, my helpful husband looked over my shoulder while I was at the computer. His comment, “ If you think you are putting on weight it is because every time I see you you’re looking at these mouth-watering delicious food photos on Pinterest .” Now, why didn’t I think of that!
I recently took an online health check and the focal point was about how long I sit or remain physically inactive. They wanted an average for one week. I have to say I was rather shocked at how those hours of sitting added up. Despite the fact that I did spend time exercising every day it did not counteract the time spent being inactive.
How sitting and inactivity seriously impacts our health
Those of us who enjoy the blogger’s lifestyle know that blogging seriously is a full-time job and that most of that time is spent at the computer. I am very comfortable sitting and I get engrossed in what I am doing, suddenly two or three hours have gone by and I am still sitting.
For a number of years researchers have been warning of the risks of sitting for too long. In the last year or so this subject has been given a lot more attention.
Some of the potential side effects of sitting for long periods is an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, blood pressure, obesity, increased belly fat and type II diabetes.
From the Mayo clinic
“One recent study compared adults who spent less than two hours a day in front of the TV or other screen-based entertainment with those who logged more than four hours a day of recreational screen time. Those with greater screen time had:
• A nearly 50 percent increased risk of death from any cause.” James A. Levine, M.D., Ph.D
They point out that watching TV or sitting at a desk working has the same effect.
Being very active for 30 minutes does not counteract the damage of sitting for long periods
All of the articles that I have read suggest that being active, for example, half an hour in the morning and half an hour in the afternoon does not compensate for long hours sitting.
I know that many in our blogging community have toddlers at home and I am sure that they have no trouble in getting up from their desk frequently.
For the rest of us I have gathered up some ideas to keep us moving and to keep us trim and healthy.
The recommendation is that we should be getting up out of the chair at least once every 30 minutes.
We have all read posts and even tried to put into practice Time Management for our blogging. I am finding that I absolutely have to schedule the time to stand up and move at least every 30 minutes. When deep in concentration, this is very hard to do.
My friend Karren from Oh My Heartsie Girl, has reminded us that the same challenge of sitting too long is also an issue for the workplace. Karren offers some solutions including desk styles and sitting correctly.Find the answers here to counteract the serious effects of sitting for too long. Click To Tweet
Ideas to get us up off the seat –
- Stand up while an image is down/uploading.
- I have a large computer screen and I have found that if I tilt the screen a little, I can read standing up.
- Walk around while talking on the phone.
- A tip from my husband was that I stand up on my toes and lower my heels back down again to tone leg and calf muscles and to keeps the blood circulating in my legs. I do 50 repetitions of the toe heel exercise every 30 minutes unless I get up for other reasons. Some people hold the back of a chair to do this exercise, a better way is doing it without holding on so that we improve the very important ability to balance.
- Another tip I read was to drink more water so that you have to get up and go to the bathroom more often.
- If you are watching TV use the commercial breaks as your cue to get up and move.
- You could schedule some household chores in between blogging ones to keep you moving.
- My best days for not sitting are the days that I cook my blogging recipes.
- Of course, the usual activities like use of the stairs and not the lift, is a good one for me as I live on the second floor and I never use the lift.
- Office supply companies are now making desks that can be lifted up so the worker can stand to do their work. Others are combining desks with treadmills and more workplaces are incorporating some activity with work.
- Here is a convenient way to exercise right in your office using a chair. The full chart is available for download from the University of Missouri
How Blogging Relates to Our Health
We must each consider our own situation
Being honest, I think I could easily sit for a total of 10 hours a day, working, eating, and watching a little TV so I have a lot of changes to rectify this and make sure I move at least every 30 minutes.
What would your average time spent sitting be? That makes for interesting comment of how we can remedy the need to sit for so long and still get our job done.
Health is so important and we don’t want to lose it or allow what we enjoy, our blogger’s lifestyle to become a hindrance to our good health.
Lets’ consider how blogging relates to our health and what we can do to minimise the negatives.
Below is some source articles from Web MD
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Source material from Web MD
Andrea LaCroix, PhD, epidemiology professor, director, Women’s Health Center of Excellence, University of California, San Diego.
Jacqueline Kerr, PhD, associate professor of family and preventive medicine, University of California, San Diego.
Barry Braun, PhD, kinesiology professor, director of the Energy Metabolism Laboratory, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Granados, K. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, April 2012.
Sequin, R. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, February 2014.
Dunlop, D. Journal of Physical Activity & Health, Feb. 19, 2014.
Hamer, M. BMJ Open, March 20, 2014.