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Not over yet

Friday, July 26, 2013

Don't I wish that habits could change, overnight. But I guess that's why they are habits. Each link in the chain is forged through repetition. Choose (or observe) what gets repeated in your experience -- and that is the habit you get.

In my case, one of the habits was bad posture using a computer. I had access to a monitor in a better position, but chose not to use it. There was a persistent hum -- so I figured, there's something wrong with the monitor. Duh, no! When I plugged in the sound stereo-mini jack to the audio output, lo and behold, the hum was gone. And I have had this monitor for 4-5 years, and hadn't figured out an elementary fix.

After having a session to review posture, especially the ergonomics of seated work, the neck / shoulder strain is almost gone.

Sure, I wish it was that easy to fix up: enough cardio of sufficient intensity; balanced meals, in and out of the house; overcoming temptation to overeat. I am happy, however, to notice progress. That transformative reflection of having the power to make new chains of improved responses to everyday lifestyle choices.

It's not over yet, so choose well.
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    You can try sitting on an exercise ball. It also helps the posture.
    1637 days ago
  • TREV1964
    I know you are an able violinist but I wonder do you play piano also.
    This is regarding your seated posture at the computer.
    Years ago I ruptured a disc and found the only chair I could sit on was the piano stall. The reason being was that posture was drummed into me as a kid when I was learning the piano. I now sit at the computer on a piano stall and because I associate the stall with correct posture now never have a problem sitting there. Just an idea but judging by the posture in your photo of you playing the violin if you don't play piano then thinking violin posture may well help you when you are seated elsewhere.

    Not saying it will work - just that it works wonders for me and maybe it is worth a try.


    1638 days ago
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