I know you secretly rebel against exercise in all its forms, but it is something we all must do. Being an Investigator is the world’s most dangerous sit-down job, and computers have made it much more dangerous. No matter what type of investigations we do, we spend too much time sitting.
I know you have made a resolution to start exercising. You don’t need to go to a gym to become stronger and more fit.
In 2008 I wrote a series of articles on building a stand-up desk and I know first-hand the benefits and draw-backs of this. Alex Hutchinson wrote about this in the Globe and Mail recently. His article illustrates that a stand-up desk is not a panacea for a sedentary computer-based job.
I have a typing desk for the lap-top computer and a writing desk in my office to prevent overuse type of pain that develops from staying in one position , so I guess I’m on the right path.
Butterflies & Chain Breakers
As a very devoted orthodox digital troglodyte (AKA Expert Searcher) I slave over a hot computer all day. This can quickly turn one into a weak, fat, and unfit troglodyte. This is a bad thing — a very bad thing — if a marauding felonious geek wants to invade and take-over my state-of-the-art cave.
These exercises help prevent me from becoming the weakest digital troglodyte on the block and they deal with the specific problems associated with using a computer all day.
This video is from the guys who wrote a book called Felon Fitness.
Be careful with these if you are really out of shape or you will be very sore and have headaches. It’s best to do only 3 or 4 repetitions of each, three times a day for a week to understand how your upper back and shoulders will react to the unaccustomed exercise.