This particular infographic is quite appropriate for me, since lately I’ve been spending an inordinate amount of time sitting down in front of my computer. Despite knowing that it’s bad for me, it has become an unfortunate fact of life.
Over the course of the previous year, I barely did any kind of web development work, and spent most of my working time concerned with writing (for people rather than computers). But, since I’ve been collaborating with Andrew Badenoch on an exciting little project, it’s felt like my lifestyle has taken a trip back in time to when I was fixture in my cubicle, staring at a monitor all day gulping down soft drinks and munching on junk food.
The scenario is certainly ironic, considering the scope and purpose behind the project! Perhaps there is something about programming that drives a hunger for stimulatory beverages and foods, maybe to keep the brain firing on all cylinders.
Any way, it’s important to be wary of getting stuck in pitfalls like these, since prolonged sitting and slouching can have disastrous effects on your posture. Tim Ferris’s book The 4 Hour Body, has a great section containing exercises which are designed help to mitigate some of the problems that arise from sitting all day. I suppose necessity is the often the mother of invention, and it’s very pertinent in that regard since he apparently spent a lot of time sitting and typing in order to write his book.
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