on Writing Forward:
Lots of jobs pose health hazards, and writing is no exception. Whether you write professionally or as a hobby, spending hours hunched over your keyboard or notebook can have detrimental effects on your health if you don’t take the proper precautions.
From muscle cramps and eye strain to getting bogged down in the mental clutter that writing produces, there are health risks at every turn. For example, the Mayo Clinic reports the following:
Research has linked sitting for long periods of time with a number of health concerns. They include obesity and a cluster of conditions — increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels — that make up metabolic syndrome. Too much sitting overall and prolonged periods of sitting also seem to increase the risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer.
The good news is that you can ward off the health hazards of writing. Here’s how to keep health problems at bay if you’re a writer: