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Sitting in front of the computer for too long: The Effects (Part 1)

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I’ve written this article with the primary goal of reminding myself of the importance of monitoring my own computer usage and thereby incorporating appropriate methods and techniques to reduce the damage of such a prolonged state of sitting and staring at the monitor/screen! Phew, that was a long sentence, don’t want to get arrested by my English teacher. Okay, I know…that was a bad joke!

Anyway, back to the topic.

Sometimes, or maybe always, whenever I sit in front of my computer with the intention of doing one thing, I end doing maybe twenty other things too. Even whilst writing this article I have several pages open, trying to read them all at once. My point is most people always nearly end up spending more time in front of their screen than initially intended. This leads to the purpose of this article. Whilst I was in Dubai (UAE), I was watching a good friend of mine working on his website. I noticed the bad position he was sitting in, I didn’t say anything as I expected it to be temporary. However, I later observed that he always sat like that and as a result he has developed a kyphotic and lordotic curve in his spine, tight hip flexors and also his belly is somewhat more prominent.

 

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He’s still very young and it is a lot easier for him to reverse these problems now! I hope he’s reading this!

The aforementioned problems are very common amongst deskbound and computer users, unfortunately the situation is not quickly discovered, though the problem is cumulative and hence there is a gradual deterioration which can be quickly rectified at any stage (not always, but in most cases this holds true).

Another common problem many computer users experience, especially bloggers and webmasters, is Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), the name itself describes the problem, however for those who don’t know what it is: it is loosely described and related to the overuse of a tool or movement, e.g. pressing the same key on your keyboard for an hour!

RSI is also known as cumulative trauma disorder, occupational overuse syndrome, or work related upper limb disorder (WRULD).

Many people also complain of eye related problems such as irritation and straining.

So what can you do to prevent the above? I’ll tell you soon in Part 2, stay tuned!

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14 Responses to Sitting in front of the computer for too long: The Effects (Part 1)
  1. kulsum
    January 2, 2008 | 7:20 am

    Eagerly waiting for part 2!

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  3. A
    July 29, 2008 | 8:34 am

    Good one…liked it!

  4. Jeapeneininuh
    January 7, 2009 | 11:59 am

    There are 5 houses in five different colors
    In each house lives a different nationality.
    These 5 owners drink a certain beverage, smoke a certain brand of cigar and keep a certain pet.
    No owners have the same pet, smoke the same brand of cigar, or drink the same beverage.

    The CLUES:

    The Brit lives in the Red house.
    The Swede keeps dogs as pets.
    The Dane Drinks tea.
    The Green House is on the left of the White House.
    The Green House’s owner drinks coffee.
    The person who smokes Pall Mall rears birds.
    The owner of the yellow house smokes Dunhill.
    The man in the center house drinks milk.
    The Norwegian lives in the first house.
    The man who smokes Blends lives next to the one who keeps cats
    The man who keeps horses lives next to the man who smokes Dunhill.
    The man who smokes Blue Master drinks beer.
    The German smokes Prince.
    The Norwegian lives next to the Blue House.
    The man who smokes Blends has a neighbor who drinks water.
    The QUESTION:

    Who owns the fish?

  5. Dane Cramer
    March 30, 2009 | 8:55 am

    I just turned 38. I got a job about 9 months ago that requires me to sit most of the time. When I get home I typically will sit at my computer for the remainder of the nite. What has happened is my feet have started to swell and hurt. I used to be very active and my diet is excellent. I recently thought that I had gout but now im beginning to think that im fine, i just need to be more active. I will let you know how it goes, thanks.

  6. Dane Cramer
    April 20, 2009 | 11:19 pm

    I actually had another gout attack just today and its the first one since i’ve been keeping my feet elevated. Probably because i didnt have my feet elevated and and ate tons of salty popcorn and other salty foods yesterday. So, I guess I do have gout but i’m still pretty convinced that elevating my feet has a lot to do with keeping the attacks away.

    • the health blogger
      April 21, 2009 | 10:15 am

      I knew of a friend who had very bad gout

    • the health blogger
      April 21, 2009 | 10:15 am

      I knew of a friend who had very bad gout and he started to fast every other day (Intermittent fasting) and within a short period of time (I think it was a week) his gout had totally disappeared!!!

      After which he decided to change his diet/lifestyle!

  7. Dane Cramer
    July 31, 2009 | 4:52 am

    My gout is better now, havent had an attack in months. My theory is that you need to stay active ie. WALK A LOT!!! And drink lots of water with lemon juice in it!!!! Vinager and baking soda didnt work… Avoid lots of oils… Dont eat things that require cooking in oil… Keep your feet elevated as much as possible!!! Eat as much alkaline foods as possible… Ripe banannas, raw spinish in your salads or sandwiches, watermelon is the best… Basically walk as much as you can, get the blood flowing in your feet and drink lots of water with lemon juice and cherry juice concentrate if you can afford it… Exercize, primaily walking for the blood flow but all other exercizes including lifting weights, steam room, whirlpool, anything that induces you to drink more water…

  8. ishealth1
    June 16, 2010 | 2:18 pm

    I will be waiting for the part 2 the prevention of this issue! Nice article I hope you can post more about health articles.

  9. Kathy Sharkey
    July 24, 2010 | 12:38 pm

    Studies show that the key is to keep moving while you work. Take a walk to water cooler, speak to an associate as opposed to emailing. I use an adjustable height desk that is portable and sits on my existing desk and allows me to be in constant motion if I choose to do so. Sit or stand and still keep on working. Ergo Desktop Kangaroo Pro is the modle I have.

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