How many times did your Mom say, "Sit Up Straight" or "Don't Slouch?" How many times did you ignore that advice, or maybe still do?
Listen to your mother. Posture is important to everyone, including writers. You may ask, how could sitting in one spot and not doing physical exertion possibly be harmful for your body?
Believe it or not, how you hold yourself while using a computer can mean the difference between feeling fine or developing unpleasant body aches or worse. A league of problems can arise from bad posture at the computer -- to name a few: a stiff neck, pinched nerve, carpal tunnel syndrome, sore arms.
Some don'ts I've heard are:
- Don't lean forward
- Don't hold your elbows and arms in the air while typing
- Don't reach up to type.
- Don't get too close to the computer.
- Watch out for glare.
Recommendations I've heard:
- Sit at a 90 degree angle.
- Do stretching exercises before, during and/or after you come up for air from writing to relieve the tension your body unconsciously experiences.
True, when you're in the flow and thinking only of your story, it's hard to remember you exist in the real world, but about the other times? If you get into the habit of good posture when you're conscious of what you're doing, it may carry over to times when you visit the other realm. If not, you'll still be ahead of the game.
Can you think of other ways to improve your writing posture or not? If so, I'd appreciate your leaving a comment below.
I'm signing off now. I've got some wrist stretching exercises to do.