We write about the many aspects of blogging – sharpening our writing and social media skills, turning our blog into a business, analyzing our analytics, creating a media kit, attending fashion weeks, etc. What about the actual acts involved in blogging? You know, sitting for hours in front of our computer, donning high heels for outfit photos or blogger events, or burning the midnight oil to get photos edit and posted before the start of another busy work day?
Thanks to computers, cameras and smartphones, we all clock in a whole lot of hours in front of a screen, probably while sitting in not-so-ideal positions. As fashion bloggers, we should be just as mindful of our bodies as we are of our closets and blogs. Our bodies are just as much a part of our personal style, if not more! This week, I'm offering up some gentle reminders and tips in taking care of yourself, highlighting some of the specific things bloggers (or anyone who's behind a computer screen all day) faces. I'm no health or fitness expert, but included a ton of links to infographics to help visualize these tips a bit better. Hopefully these can be easily implemented into your day:
Check your posture
Take a moment right now to note where your shoulders, elbows, wrists and fingers are placed. Maybe your shoulders are hunched up near your ears – give 'em a good rotation back down your back. Maybe your back is hunched over your computer screen – bring your chest forward and open. Maybe your wrists are curved up over your keyboard – make sure to keep them flat! More tips on better posture here.
Get your desk right
Part of keeping your posture in check is making sure all of your tools are set up right. Back and neck pain, eye strain, and so many more un-stylish things await otherwise! Make sure your monitor is at eye level in front of you, chair set up so your back is straight and legs don't dangle, arms at 90 degrees. Get more specific in this ‘Sitting Pretty' infographic.
Get up and stretch!
Sitting is awful for the human body – and the longer we do it, the more damage we can do to ourselves. They say 90 minutes is ideal to power through work before your productivity levels start to dip. Those hour and a half marks are great times to get up and take a break! Stretch, get some water or fresh air, and take a few moments to yourself before tacking another task. Greatist has some awesome target area stretches for you to do at your desk – and some other fun ways to boost energy in a snap.
Oh, water. How can good ol' H2O benefit us? Let us count the ways. Makes skin look brighter, releases toxins, lubricates joints, slows down aging, prevents memory loss, offsets hunger pangs and so much more – and yet, 75% of us are likely to be dehydrated (a great infographic by Staying Healthy here.) Make sure to hydrate regularly throughout your day. Not a fan of drinking water? Check out some ways to add some infusions to it for flavored water goodness here.
Ease the high heel pain
Most of this post has been devoted to sitting in front of our computers, but since heels are often a cornerstone to a blogger's style, I'd be remiss to mention a couple of tips for relieving achy feet. I try to moisturize as much as possible, and will do epsom salt soaks and foot massages regularly. I'm also a big fan of wearing sneakers or flats – anyone who's perfected the “changing into flats a few blocks away from a blogger event” will know exactly how I roll! StyleCaster and Huffington Post also offer more great tips on relieving high-heeled feet.
Any other tips you'd add to the mix?
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