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    Exclamation The Hidden Dangers of Being a Local Search Consultant - IMPORTANT

    No this is not link bait and I'm not going to tell you something exciting or worrisome about Google. This is about your health!

    Did you know all the ways that SITTING all day,
    working on the computer - negatively affects your health????

    Now many of you are up and down in an office in meetings. In and out with client appointments so maybe you don't sit all day long.

    But I do. I sit on my ass 70 hours a week. I've been told by numerous Drs that sitting when you have scoliosis as bad as I do, is the worst thing for your back/neck. So I knew that. I also know that my neck problems, largely from sitting, contribute to my RSI problems in both arms. (Torn elbow tendon and carpal tunnel from mousing.) So I was very aware of the structural damage sitting can do.

    But I was NOT aware of all the other ways sitting wreak havoc on our bodies. Check this!

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    The Dangers of Sitting All Day: Get Up Off of That Thang!

    Immediately After Sitting – As you can see, electrical activity in the leg muscles shut off and your calorie-burning rate slows down to about 1 per minute. Your enzymes also drop by 90%, which explains the weight gain.

    After 2 Hours of Sitting – If you haven’t moved after two hours, your good cholesterol drops a whopping 20%.

    After 24 Hours of Sitting – If you are extreme and haven’t moved in a day – insulin effectiveness drops 24% and the risk of diabetes rises.

    After 2 Weeks of Sitting More than 6 Hours a Day – Your muscles aren’t taking in fat and your blood sugar levels go up. Climbing stairs and even walking will become more difficult.

    After 1 Year of Sitting More than 6 Hours a Day – At this point, long-term effects will begin to manifest with weight gain and high cholesterol. And even more alarming for us women, we can lose up to 1% of bone mass a year.


    Head over to read the rest because there is a lot more bad news about sitting.

    Below I'll share a few things I've been doing to help the situation.

    Some of you know that recently my RSI got so bad in both arms I could barely mouse.
    When the pain gets really bad I have to mouse click with my foot.

    Some of you who also suffer from RSI ask how I do that. I bought a really flat low profile mouse on Amazon. I put tape over the "eye" so if I accidentally move it, it does not move my cursor. So all that works is the button, which I click with my toe.

    When the RSI got really bad a couple months ago I spent like $3,000 on new ergonomics. I usually work in a LazyBoy which is the only thing my back can take. So I bought a rolling table, so I can totally recline in my LazyBoy and pull the table up over me.

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    I did not buy a $12,000 zero gravity workstation like the one below, but I've gerryrigged everything so I can come close to the position she's in.

    I bought a new big monitor that is height and tilt adjustable. And put it up on a big riser. And did a bunch of other stuff to make everything work as either a standing, sitting or laying down desk, so I can switch positions several times a day.

    Off the subject of sitting, but still on the subject of RSI because I know many of you have it, and if you don't you may some day if you keep working online... I already had every type of ergo mouse including vertical mice. But I can no longer really mouse with either hand. So I got 2 trackballs. One you move the ball with your thumb, which is good because your thumb used totally different muscles than your fingers. BUT you click with your fingers. The other the ball is on top so you move with your fingers, but click with your thumb. Soooo I use both. One I move the ball with my thumb, then I move to the other so I can click with my thumb or click with my foot. Then with the other hand I got this new smooth as glass large touchpad. It's so slick and no mouse gripping. So I'm constantly switching off between 4 devices with both hands and a foot. It's a mind bender and hard to get used to. (And really slowed me down in the beginning, but now I'm starting to get used to it.)

    If anyone has RSI and is curious about any of the devices above, let me know and I'll show them to you.

    I'm also taking tons of natural supplements for inflammation and joint pain. If anyone wants to know what works, please ask below. Happy to share.

    I'm also still struggling with Dragon. Have been through 2 new mics and just upgraded to the latest version of Dragon. But he still does not listen to me well and mousing to correct all the mistakes hurts more than typing, so I'm still typing most of the time. But on my upcoming vaca I'm going to stop and take time to do some more Dragon training cuz I can't keep typing.

    Last but not least, I am almost there with my standing desk. I can't stand for very long either, but need to force myself to work standing, a couple times a day. I have my monitor high enough now, and can hold my wireless trackball up in my hand, but my keyboard is not up where I can reach it. So I just ordered this adjustable laptop stand, I'm hoping I can put my keyboard and trackballs on to raise/lower/angle for sitting, standing or laying down.

    So 3 questions for you...

    1) Were you guys aware of all those other health issues sitting causes???

    2) Does anyone else have RSI?

    3) Does anyone here have a standing desk? Or how about a treadmill desk?

    Linda Buquet .:. Forum Founder, Google Local Specialist

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    Re: The Hidden Dangers of Being a Local Search Consultant - IMPORTANT

    Great post. When I call my chiropractor for an appointment nowadays, they just say "you don't need an appointment, you are family" because I was going almost everyday for a few months straight.

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    Re: The Hidden Dangers of Being a Local Search Consultant - IMPORTANT

    Sorry to hear Mark!

    You said you WERE going almost every day. Are you better now?
    What are some of the things you did that helped?
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    Re: The Hidden Dangers of Being a Local Search Consultant - IMPORTANT

    I have noticed some of these effects happening to me as well.

    That's it, I'm going to go play tennis now!
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    Re: The Hidden Dangers of Being a Local Search Consultant - IMPORTANT

    Hey Scott,

    I talked about Friday happy hour for all the TCs that are craft beer lovers.
    (Not that healthy!)

    Maybe we should start a Friday virtual tennis match!
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    Re: The Hidden Dangers of Being a Local Search Consultant - IMPORTANT

    Great Post Linda. I'm curious as to what you got the the "new smooth as glass large touchpad".

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    Re: The Hidden Dangers of Being a Local Search Consultant - IMPORTANT

    Why not combine the 2? They could cancel each other out so we won't feel too guilty with the craft beer.

    I actually do have a few every so often while playing tennis. Hey, it's got some water in it right?
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    Re: The Hidden Dangers of Being a Local Search Consultant - IMPORTANT

    Quote Originally Posted by Linda Buquet View Post
    Sorry to hear Mark!

    You said you WERE going almost every day. Are you better now?
    What are some of the things you did that helped?
    I had a bunch of spine problems (things like stenosis and disk herniation causing nerve issues) that resulted from dehydration and compression - the compression came about because when I moved a few years ago I didn't buy a desk for my condominium, I lied in bed on my stomach to work on the laptop and arched by back. Stretching mostly solved that. I drink more water too but dehydrated disks can't really be reversed much Im told. I have always smoked so I get up once every hour or two from my desk at work anyway... but now I can tell everyone that Im getting up to go smoke because it's good for my health

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    Re: The Hidden Dangers of Being a Local Search Consultant - IMPORTANT

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Warner View Post
    I lied in bed on my stomach to work on the laptop and arched by back. Stretching mostly solved that....

    I have always smoked so I get up once every hour or two from my desk at work anyway... but now I can tell everyone that Im getting up to go smoke because it's good for my health
    Ouch on working on your stomach with back arched. No wonder you had problems.

    Haha on the smoking being good for your health.
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    Re: The Hidden Dangers of Being a Local Search Consultant - IMPORTANT

    Quote Originally Posted by Dustybones View Post
    Great Post Linda. I'm curious as to what you got the the "new smooth as glass large touchpad".
    Here it is: Amazon.com: Logitech Rechargeable Touchpad T650 Watch video to see how it works and see all the gestures. So cool! And on sale for $50 off.

    Now what's interesting is I HATE the touchpad on my laptop so almost did not get this one. But with all the different gestures you can use.

    OMG the scrolling is amazing. I know I know you scroll scanning feeds a lot like I do Justin. Use 2 fingers and scrolling is a breeze or 3 fingers to go back and forth a page in your browser.

    HEY I wanted to show you guys the cheap and dirty sit/stand desk you could make if you can get your monitor high enough.

    OR to use for keyboard/mouse to get at the right angle for however you work.
    OR for your laptop set up.


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    That image does not show it but you can extend it up to use as a standing platform.

    Most of those adjustable desks runs around $50. But I just ordered this one yesterday for $19.95. (Includes mouse tray.) Same as the others, but new product so was on sale. But today it's up to $24. (Full price $89.) So I'd grab one now!

    I won't get mine til Monday so have not tried yet, but I think it's flexible enough that I can use in a variety of ways. (For keyboard and trackball or touchpad, not for Laptop.)

    HEY MARK! That's what you need for working in bed!
    Linda Buquet .:. Forum Founder, Google Local Specialist

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    Note: Due to mulitple RSI injuries, pardon short replies. Typos? Blame it on "Dragon".

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