As artists and business owners it's true that we may spend more time sitting than we may like to. They are now saying that sitting is the new smoking. Erggggggggggggg.
So to all my art licensing friends and other creatives and to all those entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, writers and anyone who has to do their work by remaining in a seated position for any length of time, here are a few things you can do to help balance out that butt-on-chair
1. Before you sit, stretch and be aware of your posture and sit as comfortably as possible in your chair.
2. Make sure that you have a very comfortable and supportive chair. It's worth the investment to keep you healthy and able to put out those collections. A stability ball is a great option.
3. Take 10 minute workouts throughout your day.
4. When possible, move to another place to work such as your coach or another desk to give your back and neck a break.
5. Walk. Take a quick walk around the block every hour. Easy peezy.
Researchers are calling it "Sitting Disease" and we are doing tremendous harm to our bodies. This excerpt is from an article by Stephanie Watson, Executive Editor, Harvard Women's Health Watch
“Even if you are doing the recommended amount of moderate to vigorous exercise, you will still have a higher risk of mortality if you’re spending too many hours sitting,” says Dr. JoAnn Manson, one of the study’s authors, and chief of preventive medicine at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital. “Each of these behaviors is important and has an independent effect on cardiovascular disease and mortality.”
We have lots of art to create and books to write and fun to have in our lifetimes. Let's not cut it short by ignoring what we are doing to ourselves. I want my creative community to be around a very long time.
Now is a good time to start. Madeline, I already have pain and I've gained weight from sitting. Now is a good time to start. However, also remember that it's fixable. It's doable. In the meantime be happy and confident in who you are. YOU WILL CREATE BETTER ART.
Have a great day.
ART LICENSING FROM my PERSPECTIVE