5 minutes in and I’m starting to panic. There’s 45lbs of weight wrapped around my throat and and chin. I’m becoming claustrophobic.
“Breathe,” I tell myself.
I can’t say I ever thought I’d be willing to pay someone to almost choke me with a medieval weighted torture device.
But when the pain is high enough… I’m willing to try almost anything.
My Neck and Upper Back Were Throbbing All Day Long
I’ve been sitting at a computer for significant amounts of time since I was 14. This was 10 years later. And working 80 hour weeks, all behind a screen, was destroying my neck.
Day in and day out, there was tension and pain. If you bumped into me back then, I was always rubbing the right side of my neck and shrugging my shoulders a lot.
So, I went to see a chiropractor. And a 2nd. Finally, on the 3rd I found someone who knew what he was doing.
Chiropractors are just like any medical consultant. There are great ones, good ones and lousy ones. It took me a bit to figure that out.
The first day Dr. Ryan worked on me, I was breathing so much easier and feeling energized as I walked out. My pains were gone.
The relief was like an amazing drug.
But it was short-lived as the pain came back in a few days.
Sitting is Killing The Western World
Have you seen the TIME headlines? Sitting is KILLING you.
Now of course, there are some worthwhile ideas about all this sitting fuss.
I mean we know for sure that our ancestors, even as little as 50 years ago, were NOT sitting all day long. We know that 100s of years ago they were working with their hands, bodies, walking and standing at a much higher rate than the average westerner.
We know that us modern humans are sicker than ever and that our children are the first generation expected to not live as long as we do. Maybe sitting is the cause? Unlikely, but it is part of the big conglomerate of causes that do contribute to disease.
So, to combat this we’ve created a gym culture. One where we’re told that an hour a day is needed and you’re looked down upon if you’re not working out.
The truth is… we weren’t built to sit down all day with our necks craning to watch little 20 inch screens.
And let’s be real I’m not going to give up my computer anytime soon. So, I did what any health advocate would. Several years ago, I started trying out new ideas…
Like the standing desk.
Standing Desks to the Rescue!
Standing desks are the rage! They will fix our culture issue of sitting too much…
Not for me at least.
They do help me. I’m much more productive. My neck hurts less.
But I get tired after 3 or 4 hours. And then, after a year of usage, I noticed I was getting new pains!
What the heck?! I thought this was supposed to cure me.
So, I kept digging and talking to experts. It was obvious to some of them I needed more movement in my life.
I needed a treadmill desk to save my health and neck!
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