Eliminate Troubling Back Pain and Eye Strain Associated With Heavy Computer Use

Written by Roger Williams

Copyright 2005 Roger Williams

Do you rememberrepparttar old saw about how computers would change our lives forrepparttar 149874 better? Wed have more time to ourselves and lead healthier, happier lives. The truth is computers do make processing information lightening fast. Its just that today, we have so much more information to process and so many more distractions thatrepparttar 149875 computer, viarepparttar 149876 Internet, has brought into our lives.

The bottom line? Today we spend more time operating a computer (for fun and for profit) than on any other single pastime save for maybe sleeping. And if youre a heavy computer user like me, even sleep takes a back seat to computer use every now and then.

There are health hazards to continual computer use. Personally Ive suffered from back and shoulder pain, eye strain and numbness in my fingers. I've even had to deal with stiff joints and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. None of this was any fun.

But I did learn a few things important enough to pass along to you today. Here are some things you can do right now to reduce or eliminate stress on our body while operating your computer.

Neutral Body Positioning

Consider a comfortable working posture with a natural alignment of all your joints from head to toe. This method of neutral positioning helps you reducerepparttar 149877 stress and strain on your muscles, tendons, and skeletal system thus reducingrepparttar 149878 risks of developing a musculoskeletal disorder (MSD).

Quick Tips - Your Body Posture

Your hands, wrists, and forearms should all be in a row, straight, and almost parallel torepparttar 149879 floor.

Daily Treadmill Workouts are a Great Way to Keep in Shape

Written by Laura Gray

Serious runners and walkers eventually turn to treadmill workouts so that they can exercise safely and conveniently at any time of day or night in their own homes. Fitness experts agree that one ofrepparttar best ways to get in shape and stay that way is by running or walking every day, butrepparttar 149844 reality is that it isnt always safe or practical to do so on "the open road." If your free time is inrepparttar 149845 early morning or late at night, or your route is by a roadway where there is heavy or high-speed traffic, your most important goal may become getting home alive, which missesrepparttar 149846 point ofrepparttar 149847 whole thing. Also, it isnt fun or sensible to run inrepparttar 149848 snow, sleet, hail, rain, orrepparttar 149849 blazing sun. A treadmill workout isrepparttar 149850 answer to all these problems.

There are health clubs and gyms that offer treadmill workouts to their clients, but you may have decided that you dont likerepparttar 149851 hours offered byrepparttar 149852 club or gym near you, orrepparttar 149853 locations are not convenient, or you prefer not to have an audience when you work out. Whatever drives you to it, if you are concerned about health and fitness, you will eventually buy a treadmill for home use, and you should make sure you are getting a good piece of equipment at a reasonable price. It is also important to select a model with features that you will use and enjoy:

If you have limited room in your home or apartment, you will be happiest with a fold-up machine that can be stored out ofrepparttar 149854 way in a closet or underrepparttar 149855 bed.

If money is not a concern, you can combine fitness and entertainment by choosing a treadmill with a built-in television and speakers; or you may be happy with an inexpensive manual machine, which you can position in front ofrepparttar 149856 TV.

There are treadmills with controls that monitor speed, pace, incline, time, distance traveled, calories burned, and with heart rate controls and pulse sensors.

Many models have built-in racks and nests to hold reading material, a water bottle, a CD player or a cell phone, and a towel.

If you would like sophisticated gadgetry on a treadmill butrepparttar 149857 cost is prohibitive, you should check outrepparttar 149858 used treadmills andrepparttar 149859 discount treadmills, which may offer what you want at a price you can afford.

A Variety of Treadmill Workouts are Available

There are treadmills that include workout CDs with energizing music and workout videos with spectacular scenery to createrepparttar 149860 illusion that you are outdoors, or you can buy these separately. (And if you want fresh air to go with it, you can open a window.)

Some treadmills have pre-set programs, such as interspersing flat surface workouts with inclines, or by varying speeds. Some programs are designed for weight loss and some for cardio fitness, and all will have different levels of intensity. There are programs that varyrepparttar 149861 speed and force ofrepparttar 149862 workout to keep your heart rate within a pre-selected zone.

On some machines, you can design a personal program for yourself, and, of course, all treadmills allowrepparttar 149863 user to changerepparttar 149864 speed or incline duringrepparttar 149865 workout, usually atrepparttar 149866 push of a button.

Treadmill Workouts Keep You Motivated

ProForm Some models of ProForm treadmills come with interactive workout disks that include music, incline and speed controls, and recorded advice by personal trainers to encourage you to monitor and gradually improve your cardiovascular fitness.

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