Thursday, January 8, 2015

Writers Sit Without Back Pain

Tips from Esther Gokhale's TEDx Talk. Today you can practice "stretch sitting". Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter for more posture advice.


  1. I love TED talks. One of the greatest sins of modern society is that humans are confined to desks for hours on end. Great advice.

  2. Maybe not slumping over and sleeping at my desk might help, too.

    1. Thanks for the chuckle, Christopher. Wake up and write. LOL

  3. All the exerises and physical therapy sessions I have had for my back issues have had me tucking my pelvis, and I think that is good for relieving the pain in my lower back. But I can see the difference when sitting or standing and will work on changing that. Just doing this short exercise made me more comfortable sitting at my desk. Thanks for this, Dani.

  4. For a while, I was using a standing desk to write. I actually know of a few authors who walk on a treadmill at a standing desk while writing! I'm not sure I could manage that though. I do worry about all the hours I spend sitting.

  5. Sitting is an issue for me, too. I'm forcing myself to get up and walk around a lot more these days. This not only eliminates some of the back stress from long hours at the computer, but it also helps to keep my feet and legs from swelling.

  6. Very interesting. Thanks for sharing this video and the sitting tips. I agree with other commenters that it's also a good idea for writers, office workers to get up, stretch and walk around.

  7. People should really take their time and listen to that. They don't have to be writers to need that advice. We all find ourselves writing at some point in our daily routines, whether it's our dissertations or for filing of our tax returns. A lot of us are even 9:00 to 5:00 desk jobs, so eitherway, that should be a perfectly good context and starting point for us to try and practice good posture. However, for perennial back pain that have fairly little to do with daily habits, I guess it's time for medical consultations. Thanks for sharing that!

    Agnes Lawson @ Pain Relief Experts


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