Could your blogging routine be making you fat? Sorry to break it to you, but the answer is in the affirmative. And even if you are one of those “lucky guys” who don’t gain weight easily, the extensive blogging routine can be resulting in some serious health hazards.
Blogging started off as a pastime for many people looking to share their thoughts or opinions with other like-minded people on Internet, but blogging has also turned into a full time profession for many, with some bloggers launching entire networks of blogs and blogging non-stop in order to make more and more money online.
The fact that you can do it from home has actually become a disadvantage, because many bloggers are now tempted to spend entire days and nights in front of their PC’s or laptops punching away on the keys, the more they blog the more they earn or think they’re going to earn, and it is hard to resist when you can see an opportunity to make money from home.
So, while blogging in itself isn’t really harmful to your health in a direct way, the new concept of blogging (AKA work-from-home-and-make-money-online-while-adding-spam-to-the-world-wide-web) can be quite detrimental. Let’s see how it can contribute to your weight gain and other health related issues.
Blogging Routine: The lack of physical activity
I am not sure exactly why the new technology focuses so much on cutting down the need of physical movement, and allowing us to do everything while sitting on a divan like kings, while pressing buttons of some hand held device.
From sports to socializing, and studying to shopping, everything is doable without leaving our seats, which is nothing short of a disaster-in-the-making when it comes to your health. Add to it, the weird postures we are always supporting, and we’ve got a failsafe formula of having an out of shape body and poor health.
Like the usual 9 to 5 jobs were not enough, many IT professionals have started blogging and working part time from home to earn a little more. Now, there are times when you are in desperate need of extra income, but I am sure a big majority of bloggers are just getting a little greedy. Not that I am about to give a lecture on the evils of cupidity but it is important that you are not doing it at the cost of your overall health and well-being.
It’s not that you need to let go of your money-making ventures, but it will always help if you can stick to your schedule that includes enough time away from your laptop and spent in some physical activity, maintain a good posture while surfing the net or typing, and hire some assistant to help you with the dirty-work if you are running more than 1 – 2 blogs.
Blogging Routine: The Stress
Everything these days appear to be contributing to our stress levels, be it the studies, jobs, economy, health, there’s just so much stress to cope with, and blogging is not different. When you are blogging for money, you need a lot more than a small community of readers who read, appreciate and comment on your posts.
You need a constant inflow of unique visitors, top rankings for your desired keywords, higher Page Ranks, more clicks, low bounce rate, more content, more links, and the list goes on and on.
All these needs and expectations are bound to result in stress because hardly any of these are achievable in a short period of time. You can gauge the level of stress in bloggers by visiting an online community after Google has enrolled a new update and you can see the bloggers talking like the sky has fallen.
Coming back to our topic, stress is known to be directly or indirectly linked with weight gains in more than one ways, but even if there wasn’t a scientific proof, stress is not something you should be taking lightly. Therefore, it’s best to have blogging as a part-time additional income, instead of putting all your eggs in one basket.
Blogging Routine: The Gulping and Munching
I have seen many bloggers (or content writers to be more precise) getting addicted to tea and coffee (or even smoking) during their jobs, while some keep their drawers filled with all sorts of munch-able stuff. First, I always find such mindless munching while you focus on your screen a little disrespectful to food; because in addition to other things, we put all this effort to earn for bread, yet we can’t even cherish a meal properly? But etiquettes aside, excessive eating and drinking at short intervals can really contribute to weight gain.