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Let's get physical

Just over a month into my fabulous new desk job and I experienced the bane of middle-aged people - nasty low back pain. It came out of nowhere. I swear I was doing nothing wrong. Sadly I suspect that my back muscles had just withered away to nothing after sitting in chairs so much so suddenly. Previously I walked miles a day around the grocery store. Now, here I was confined to a cube or a meeting room hour after hour day after day.

I needed a better introduction into office work - if I could talk to me two months ago here is the advice that would pour forth:

  • Make sure you do fifteen minutes of stretches, warm ups, and/or middle body strengthening exercises twice a day.
  • Drink lots of fluid during the day so you have plenty of reminders to get up and walk to the bathroom.
  • When you are in the bathroom do some quick stretches to keep the blood flowing.
  • Every other time, use the bathroom on a different floor so you have an excuse to run up and down the stairs.
  • Frequently shake out your hands at the desk - do quick wrist and shoulder exercises too.
  • It is better to have a hard uncomfortable chair than a soft uncomfortable chair.

I think that is it - at least regarding the physical aspects of a desk job. The mental issues are a whole different can of worms that I am still trying to identify.

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