Why is Blogging Such a Pain in the Neck?

by Ken Mueller on November 15, 2012 · 10 comments

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Yesterday, somewhat in jest, I put a message out on Facebook asking of everyone and no one, “Which of you clowns wants to write my blog post for tomorrow?” Well, believe it or not, someone stepped up to the plate, though when she did, I wasn’t sure how serious she was. Then, there it was. Today’s guest post is from Lynne Zanowski, who I think I’ve only met once, maybe twice. We first met when she was in a workshop I was teaching a few years back.

woman at computer Why is Blogging Such a Pain in the Neck?Why is blogging such a pain in the neck?

I’m not talking figuratively. I mean literally.

Are you a blogger who finds yourself getting sore as you progress through your work day?  Or – worse yet — do you tend to feel sore and achy all day, every day?

How is your posture right now as you read this on your computer, tablet or mobile phone? Are you sitting upright?
Legs crossed? Are you slouching your back or leaning on one elbow? Have you totally sunk into your chair?

Generally speaking, how does your spine and your neck feel right now?

Over time, poor posture may result from bad habits developed in everyday activities such as sitting in office chairs, driving, standing for long periods of time, or even sleeping. Compromised posture for folks who
spend hour upon hour in front of a screen can easily become the culprit for pain.

If sheer pain and discomfort aren’t reason enough sit up and take notice, read on for a few more factors that might motivate you to get on the straight and narrow…

Three Good Reasons You Should Improve Your Blogging Posture:

It’s a no-brainer to say that a decrease or cessation of neck, back and shoulder pain would be a direct advantage of addressing and correcting postural issues. So let’s focus on some value-added benefits of getting yourself straightened out:

1. You’ll be able to breathe easier

Try this for yourself. Sit up tall and straight and take a big inhale through your nostrils. Then let it go out your mouth.

Now, humor me on this one:  strike your best “chair slouch” pose (you know, the one you find yourself falling into as you get lost in your work). Repeat the breathing exercise above. Note the difference in the amount of air you can inhale when sitting up straight vs. slouching. When in a slumped position, you may very well be robbing your body of the benefits of optimal oxygen levels. Improper oxygen consumption will ultimately lead to fatigue and heightened anxiety states.

By sitting up straight and breathing easier, your system will be rejuvenated. Your stress level will also have a much better shot at staying under control. Less stress equals more productivity. What could be better?

2. You’ll be able to concentrate better

When you breathe properly, your ability to think is increased. Let’s talk about oxygen again. The brain requires oxygen to do its job well; it’s like food for the brain. With a properly fed brain you’ll be able to think sharper and more clearly, be more creative, and focus on the task at hand – providing your readers with something interesting and useful.

3. People will think you’re “all that”

Let’s face it:  folks with good postures look smarter and more attractive
than those who are carelessly bent over. Have you ever seen someone with a bad posture and felt that person seemed unkempt, even though they have not said or done a thing? On the flip side, someone with a good posture naturally exudes an aura of assertiveness and appeal.

Good posture will make you feel more self-confident without even doing anything else differently. Try sitting in a bad posture now for 30 seconds. Then switch to a good posture for 30 seconds. Is there any difference in how you felt? Remember, confidence is the key ingredient for excellence – not just in writing, but in everything else you do.

Tips for Correct Seated Desk Posture:

  • Top of computer monitor at or just below eye level
  • Head and neck balanced and in line with torso
  • Shoulders relaxed
  • Elbows close to body and supported
  • Lower back supported
  • Wrists and hands in line with forearms
  • Adequate room for keyboard and mouse
  • Feet flat on floor

For more information on proper workstation posture, visit Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA).

And of course, consider visiting your physical therapist to evaluate and treat postural issues and pain.

Lynne Zanowski is Marketing Director for HARTZ Physical Therapy. When not working, Lynne can be found talking to friends, family, random strangers and/or boasting about her two wonderful kids, Ben, 17, and Mary, 16.

 

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GranerCreative
GranerCreative

@iksan_an Kind thanks for the RT: Why is blogging such a pain in the neck

Soulati | Hybrid PR
Soulati | Hybrid PR

This says more than people will read into it!  I remember my Gramma always nagging at me about my posture -- shoulder's back, stand up straight, don't slouch! It has served me well, and I thank my beloved Grams.

At the computer (and now in the bedroom with all the devices ... gasp) it is so critical to keep the torso erect and to also stand up to stretch...I think we're a world of poor posture, and in the future it hurts your gait.

Thanks for the  Zemanta love! 

rdopping
rdopping

People with good posture look smarter and more attractive. Now there's a good tip. 

Funny, I attended a lecture by Mark Kingwell last evening. Mark is a Canadian philosopher who has written extensively about politics and culture. He spoke to us about how the human body interacts with space and objects and his thoughts around how our evolution has been affected by our surroundings. The funniest thing he showed us was a transitional map of the evolution of man from a monkey to the erect form back to a man hunched over a desktop computer. The mere fact that we are erect drove his theory that sitting at a computer all day goes directly against our natural state of movement. 

There is no way I am smart enough to fully understand his theories but i certainly grasped that concept.

Great post. 

KDillabough
KDillabough

Excellent post: great tips. And speaking of tips...thanks for the kind tip of the hat in related articles:) Cheers! Kaarina

LynneZ
LynneZ

@rdopping my mom used to constantly rail me about my posture. My parents would say to me "if you have good posture and good manners, you can do just about anything you want to in life." Yet, at this moment, I find myself hunched over my laptop and not heeding one bit of advice in the blog. Then again -- I have a PT appointment scheduled at 1:30...

Thanks for you comments!

LynneZ
LynneZ

@KDillabough most information I see printed on posture seems to focus on pain and dysfunction. I thought it worth a while to try to appeal to the ego. We shall see!

KDillabough
KDillabough

@LynneZ Good thought:) My background is actually kinesiology/ Olympic coach/ athletic training, so whatever way you slice it, I'm all for health and healthy tips!

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