As a long-distance desk driver I have started to worry about my health. I sit hunched over my graphics tablet day in, day out. I try to get time out in the hills when I get a good dose of leg twiddling and airy lungs, but most days I'm working. My work schedule varies, and I am up and down looking after my elderly mum, but in the main, from waking 'til bedtime my tail end is firmly planted upon my chair.
So I worry and I read up about how my health will be affected...sooooo:
Sitting all day at my computer will apparently, slow my metabolism, which affects my body's ability to regulate blood sugar, blood pressure and break down body fat. I have learned that I am more likely to die earlier from any cause if I sit for long stretches at a time. And it really makes no difference if I exercise every day or not... still sitting for long periods has a really bad effect on my health. I increase my risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol, all way markers on the road to dementia . And then there's the deep vein thrombosis, that can be serious if clots break free and lodge in my lung! That's not all! Staying seated puts huge stress on my back muscles, neck, and spine, especially if I slouch...which I do! Sitting all day will make me prone to varicose veins, (this just gets better and better). I'm more likely to get osteoporosis. I'm more likely to develope colon, endometrial, lung cancer or breast cancer. This doesn't change if I'm super-active. What matters is how much I sit. So I need to stop sitting all day, but I still need to work... what should I do?
I splashed out on a desk-riser and anti-fatigue mat to stand on. I think the health risks merit the expenditure.
I've had the set up for a week now and I'm really happy with it.
The desk-riser has a gas sprung mechanism so it takes no effort to lift my work station up and drop it down again. The only downside is that the sitting height is higher with the desk-riser, so I've had to build up my seat a little to compensate. But that's no bother.
I'm completely in love with the anti-fatigue mat. It's such a pleasure to kick off my shoes and sink my feet into the squidgy comfort. It reduces the pressure on your feet, knees, and lower back. So if you stand a lot at work... I heartily recommend this too.
So now I sit, stand, sit, stand... I'm up and down all day long! I even dance and work sometimes... you've gotta get up to get down! (embarrassing, eh?)
So, lovely people, whoever you are, take care of your health... get up off that chair, walk about every few minutes, do a dance, have a stretch, get the cleaning done, stand and stare at a tree. Don't squash your bot... shake it!
Here's a wee slide-show showing how I work my illustrations in Adobe Photoshop.
This illustration is from the book 'Grandma's Christmas Wish' written by Helen Foster James. I use Picasa as a mode to refer to my reference material. (Google have retired dear old Picasa, which is a real shame, it's a great tool to have. But luckily it still does what I need it to.) I vary my techniques from project to project, but this is more or less what I do. A few textures on layers and texture brushes. Heavily reliant upon line for detail... I've always felt happier drawing rather than painting. I tend to draw in detail and then 'colour in'.
I hope this slide-show is of interest to at least one person!
A warm hello to whoever is reading this. Welcome to Petra's blog. I'm an illustrator and writer of children's books and keen amateur photographer. I enjoy living in North Wales with my wonderful partner and fellow adventurer, Iain.
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