A computer athlete is someone who is specially trained and skilled for using a computer.
The difference between a computer athlete and a computer user is similar to the difference between a track athlete and someone who just goes for jogs in the park. An athlete has skill, discipline, special technique, and training for the activity that he/she participates in. People who use the computer on a daily basis are computer users whereas computer athletes must meet other qualifications.
For more information, you can read the Computer Athlete’s Handbook. It contains an in-depth discussion of the computer athlete approach which is your key to a healthier and happier lifestyle. The following is a brief synopsis of the book.
There are 5 areas to master in order to become a computer athlete:
Equipment and Usage— you need the right equipment and to use it properly. Ex: you can buy the right keyboard and mouse that fits your body frame but still use it improperly.
Self-Awareness and Self-care— you need to understand your needs and listen to your body when you feel pain. You also need to take steps to improve your habits and work environment. Ex: if you experience hand or wrist pain, you can analyze your work environment and eliminate the causes of your pain.
Nutrition— You need to stay hydrated, eat well, sleep in order for your body and mind to work at optimal levels. Ex: Caffeinated beverages will dehydrate you. When you are dehydrated, your body is not able to heal itself as well as when you are hydrated.
Strength and Conditioning— you need to satisfy your needs for strength and full body conditioning. Ex: You can engage in sports or athletic activities that you enjoy that condition you to be able to work while maintaining good posture and avoiding muscular atrophy.
Stress Management— you manage the stress in your life so that it doesn’t adversely affect your health. Ex: You seek healthy releases for your stress and try to minimize your stress which can have negative effects on your body in the long term.
You must work on all of the disciplines above. If you ignore any of these areas, you can still develop pain and debilitating injury.
Why Should I Care?
Here are a few reasons:
You probably spend more time on the computer than you do on any other single activity.
Many people live in pain and discomfort for many years and then are forced to change careers. You can avoid this fate.
Conventional approaches like traditional medical care will cost you precious time and money and will most likely not even come close to preventing or treating your injury.
Analyze and improve your habits and work environment until you reach a state of pain-free computing
Master the 5 areas of being a computer athlete : Equipment and Usage, Nutrition, Strength and Conditioning, Self-Awareness and Self-care, and Stress Management
The amount of training and work required to become a computer athlete and reach a state of pain-free computing will vary by your needs and work environment. For example, if you mouse a lot, you may need to buy a special mouse that causes less stress on your body.
However, you may not need to learn a new sport, buy expensive equipment, or spend hours doing special exercises. You simply need to understand your needs and deal with the root causes for your pain. Then, you can incrementally make changes to your habits and environment until you reach a state of pain-free computing.
You can read the handbook and be self-taught or you can seek help. In order to help you on your way, we can provide training or answer your questions.
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