Are you sitting too much?

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This is my weekly installment of “writing about writing,” in which I scan the world to find websites, books and articles to help other writers. Today I discuss a blog post about sitting too much…

Are you a writer who’s spending too much time at your desk and not getting enough exercise?

You aren’t the only one! In a blog post headlined, “Sitting all day ruined my health. VR saved me,” gamer Shawn Kittleson (pictured above) describes how he used action games using virtual reality helped him beat back problems.

Here’s how he describes his current life: I can pick up my son again. Despite being two years older and several pounds heavier, I can hug him, carry him, play with him, and enjoy myself. I’m also there to help my wife literally and figuratively carry the load of parenting, housework, or heavy objects.

Working out in VR gave me my life and dignity back. And I’m not alone. Miraculous stories appear on blogsReddit, and community forums, telling of people with health issues far more severe than my own, who are changing their real-life bodies using current-gen VR.

I’m not a gamer but I believe I’ve achieved a similar result with my treadmill desk. My back is far from perfect, but it’s a million times better than it used to be.

If you’re a writer, don’t wait until you’re suffering from back pain before you develop a way of reducing the amount of time you spend sitting.

My thanks to friend and colleague Naomi Pauls who forwarded this blog post to me.

An earlier version of this post first appeared on my blog on May 6/19.

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