As entrepreneurs, it’s all too easy to neglect our health. Long spells at the keyboard, even longer days (14 hours are not unusual) and a lack of exercise can all take their toll.
The thing is, when you work such long hours, you can fool yourself into believing you’re being productive when the exact opposite is actually true. Eventually, it will catch up with you, your productivity will drop, and your health may even suffer.
So, take regular breaks, try to work reasonable hours and get out in the fresh air regularly – even if it’s for a short time over lunch.
Many hours at my desk eventually took its toll
In my case, overwork and too many hours spent hunched over the keyboard eventually took its toll. I got back pain so bad, after only half an hour at my desk, I could barely stand up and shuffle to the kitchen to make a coffee. Getting in and out of the car was agony.
I took anti-inflammatory (I hate taking drugs of any kind, even an aspirin). While they helped, I knew I wasn’t getting to the root of the problem and the thought of having to continue in pain was getting me down big time.
I thought I must be missing something, but what could it be? Surely this horrendous back pain wasn’t something I just had to live with – the thought was scary.
Then it dawned on me
I thought through how I was approaching my work then something occurred to me. I was spending many hours at the keyboard without a break – and that was the key. Because I wasn’t taking a break, I wasn’t eating regularly or, more importantly as it turned out, I wasn’t drinking regularly.
I did some quick research and discovered that not drinking enough water during the course of the day can indeed lead to back pain. You have a series of vertebrae in your back and between them are “gel disks” that act as cushions for your spine.
When you sleep, these gel disks regenerate themselves, but to do so they need sufficient fluid – water. It’s interesting that during the day you get shorter as these disks compress; you’re at your tallest when you wake up in the morning.
Could it be that easy?
At first, I wasn’t convinced my severe back pain could be due to something as straightforward as not drinking enough water. But I resolved to make sure I drank 2 liters of water (8 glasses) a day to see what effect, if any, it would have on my excruciating back pain, it couldn’t do any harm I reasoned.
So, I bought a liter bottle of water and refilled it from the tap twice a day. This way I could easily keep track of how much water I was drinking – I didn’t want to drink too little, or even too much.
So, I got back to work and actually enjoyed drinking the refreshing water regularly.
I hadn’t bargained for the result, which began to kick in just a couple of days later.
The solution was simple yet 100% effective
I couldn’t believe what happened next – my back pain disappeared. When I say disappeared it literally was no more.
I was amazed, very very happy, but amazed nonetheless.
Something as simple as a couple of liters of water a day was all that was needed to rid me of my back pain completely…
Try it yourself
So, if you yourself suffer from back pain, why not give my simple solution a try. Even if you don’t have back pain, you need to drink enough water in any case.
It worked perfectly for me, I now have zero back pain and can work comfortably at my desk and get in and out of the car without a problem.
Two liters of water a day, that’s all it took – amazing.