People who use technology intensively have a tendency to end up hunched over their computers.In the sedentary universe of geeks, there is no "breakfast," "lunch" or "dinner" during the undertaker’s-hours they keep.
Geeks are brilliant in server rooms, on the battlefields of online
gaming, and at individual workstations trouble-shooting the latest ball-lightning slider served up by Windows. But when it comes to looking after their own health, they approach the task like neophytes trying to set up a routable protocol using NetBEUI.
- Keep moving
Moving is the best way to let our nervous system know that all is well. Go for a walk, swing a kettle bell, move something frequently and regularly to keep a regular flow of ‘happy signals’ to the nervous system
The gaps between meals sometimes seem interminable, so a scaffold-system of snacks and nibblies sustains geeks. The potato chips and nachos taste awesome going down, but an hour, or so, later comes the crash. snacks need not be abandoned, but its settings should be tweaked.Trade in the chips for nuts. Mix raw almonds with shelled pistachios. Unsalted peanuts take a little getting used to, but they’re a handy, filling snack
- Move as many joints as possible
The more joints we move, the more signals we send to the nervous system saying we’re fine.Whether sitting or standing, keep the happy signals flowing by moving as many joints as frequently as possible.
- Defragging Brain Function
Life without coffee is not worth living. Contrary to popular belief, espresso and cappuccino do not contain more caffeine than regular coffee. The reason being – caffeine levels increase the longer it takes the water to filter through the coffee. With espresso and cappuccino, the water filters through for only about 15 seconds, rendering it low on caffeine scale. French press coffee, on the other hand, is high on the caffeine scale because the water has time to soak up all those important oils from the coffee. Caffeine is proven to sharpen alertness and enhance concentration, but don’t nullify this positive by killing your coffee with sweeteners.
- Sleep well
Good quality sleep at night keeps cortisol levels low, keeping stress down. Starchy carbs like rice pudding four hours before you plan to sleep can help as your head hits the pillow
- Watch your posture
Computer geeks suffer from bad posture, especially if they sit in front of the computer with their shoulders slouched and their backs curved in an unnatural shape. If you’re worried about your posture use an exercise ball to sit on while working at the computer. It will keep your posture in the ideal position because you have to constantly balance, no chance for slacking off and slouching.
- Boost Glare Protection for Your Eyes
Good news for the many of us who stare at a computer screen. A daily serving of spinach salad or other leafy greens can help protect the eyes from computer glare. Research conducted at the Vision Science Laboratory at the University of Georgia shows that two vitamins, lutein and zeaxanthin, can shield the eyes from the effects of glare while improving vision at the same time. Lutein and zeaxanthin are so important to eye health they are called the “Macular Carotenoids.” (The macula is the light sensitive receptor at the back of the eye.) These two nutrients are necessary for the body to form a filter in the eyes that protects the retina against damage from light.
Even if you spend lots of time in front of the computer as many people do these days, you can still remain healthy and fit. Make the right decisions throughout the day in relation to your diet, exercise and workplace and you won’t suffer any of the health consequences from having a sedentary lifestyle in front of the computer.