5 Health Tips for Frequent Computer Use
Yes, these tips apply to all of you competitions and sweepstakes addicts out there! If you find yourself glued to your computer a LOT (which is common in this hobby), then you really need to look after your health.
1. TAKE REGULAR BREAKS
I know this one is super obvious but it’s funny how often people ignore it when they’re engrossed in something. It might take the start of a headache sneaking up on you or a numb leg before you snap out of it and realise you’ve been sitting far too long. If you’re one of these people, it’s worth setting an alarm every half an hour to an hour to remind you to step away.
2. FOCUS ON GOOD POSTURE
Trust me, if you ignore your posture for long enough – you’ll know about it. My day job involves a LOT of computer work and it’s resulted in many trips to the chiropractor. Get an ergonomic chair, and even better – the ability in some way to raise your desk or screen so you can STAND while you enter competitions. There’s a great page here on Wikihow that explains precisely how you should sit.
3. DON’T EAT/DRINK TOO MUCH CRAP
I know, I know. You’re probably reaching for your second coffee of the day as you read this. But really try to cut down on the caffeine and INCREASE your water intake when you’re spending a lot of time on the computer. Trust me, over time you really do feel a difference. You’ll decrease your risk of a headache while you’re at it. Sugary food will give you a boost temporarily, but you’ll feel even more tired when it wears off – you won’t even want to enter anything! I’d be a hypocrite if I said to completely cut out the yummy snacks – but just watch the quantity.
4. GET SOME FORM OF EXERCISE DURING THE DAY
Whether that’s getting out for a walk at lunch, a workout at the gym to start the day or maybe social team sport after work, I promise you that your brain will function much better when you’re trying to enter those creative competitions and you’re straining for a good answer. I find if I go too long without a workout that I feel very ‘blobby’ too, so keep up the cardio!
You’ve got to keep those muscles moving and blood flowing! A few stretches at your desk every now and then will really help. Here is a great list of stretches with diagrams.
I hope these tips really help you out while you’re entering all those competitions. Stay healthy!