Monday, August 5, 2013

Health and Wellness for Techie Lifestyle

Technology makes our life easier. No doubt about that. However, it makes us live in a sedentary lifestyle.

As a virtual assistant/researcher, I typically spend 8-12 hours a day in front of the computer screen. This strain my eyes and wears my body. I sometimes feel pain on my back and on my arms and hands. Apparently, this scenario is usual for many of us whether you are a home-based freelancer or your working in an office. This techie lifestyle has its downside and your body feels that through time. It will get worse if you are not doing something about it.

To de-stress my eyes and body for a bit, I usually do something else every 2-hours. I do simple things from just resting my eyes and look away from my computer, do some house chores, stretching, and walking. Unfortunately, this method is not enough.

I got a chance to watch a recorded Google+ Hangout by Mashable discussing about the fitness, health, wellness, and lifestyle for techie people. I learned a lot from this 35-minute video. It actually made me conscious on what I do everyday. You may watch it here:





Let me highlight some of the important things I've learned from the video:

  • Sitting down all day is eventually going to wear your body down.
  • Sit a little, move a little more.
  • Try standing up between workings hours like every 20-30 minutes. If not, work standing.
  • Every 20 minutes, look away from your screen and focus your eyes 20 feet away.
  • Do some deskercise like stretching.
  • Download habit-forming app like Lift.do. (Unfortunately, this app is only available for iPhone but you can certainly save the website on your Android.)
  • Use some tracking device to buzz you when you are inactive. (I just use a free Android Smart Alarm, set it every 20 minutes so I can do a little stretching.) 
  • Habit-forming is better than calorie-counting apps. Calorie-counting apps tend to have a short-term impact.
  • You can get some helpful resources for health and wellness at Greatist, a useful website for the young, savvy, and social.
  • Make healthy options every day. And keep adding over time.

I hope this post helps you. Feel free to share it to your friends.





2 comments:

  1. Hi! Dropping by to thank you for visiting and for the nice comment. I appreciate it very much. Inspires me more.
    Anyway, we all use screen so much, telephone, tv, computer and it is really advisable to try doing other things than looking at the screen.
    I go to the gym 3-4 times a week and like you suggested, doing other things in between.
    Your post is timely. We all need those tips. Thanks:)

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    1. Hello Tita Joy, thanks for visiting my blog :) It's very unfortunate that while technology helps us in many ways, it also leads us to weaker bodies. I envy you for having that motivation to go to the gym. That's amazing! wala akong ganun hahaha!

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