Disclaimer: I find it unlikely I coined this term for stance-switching, but when I google searched I fell down the
rabbit guinea-pig hole reading how the term is used to describe the g-pig’s social (?) behavior. I found no reference to my aching back solution.
My back is KILLING ME.
It has been for 18 months (see? I may practice defensive pessimism but I’m not a complainer!).
I doesn’t hurt during “normal play” (Ive not trampolined lately for this reason).
Walking The Chairman I rarely notice it—-unless he gets excited and P-U-L-L-S! unexpectedly (then OUCH!).
In fact, I’m fine fine pain-free fine—until I STOP MOVING.
I am a right angle again.
- Standing up after after hours of writing?
- Climbing out of bed after devouring yet another trashtastic memoir?
My back throbs.
(more aptly put my hamstrings and piriformis, but for the sake of this popcorning post we’ll generalize.)
Initially I assumed it was a result of not getting enough steps in each day.
I focused on increasing that and it helped—-a little.
Next I wondered if it were all a result of my 45 years PLANK-free!! core.
So I planked a little and it helped—a little.
My back still throbbed.
In a fit of desperation I examined my lifestyle.
I sit a lot.
I need to sit a lot.
I *could* edit my writing as I move (perhaps? Ive not tried.) when I’m creating and generating my words I *need* tos sit and be still.
Walking on a REBEL desk as I edit is my DREAM.
I asked a number of (finger quote) experts (unFQ) what sort of chair would be best for my back if I had to sit for hours at time and every answer was different.
Some insisted a swiss ball chair was the way to go.
I still use this chair.
Others suggested I perch on a stool so my core was forced to “activate.”
where the magic happens.
Still others insisted the only thing that would would help me was purchasing or creating a standing desk.
I tried all of these.
My back still throbbed.
And so I gave up.
I resigned myself to having a constant back-owie (technical term) and I stopped rearranging the house and my office in an attempt to lessen the ow.
And then, when I stopped focusing on the best answer, something happened.
My back got a little better.
I grew cautiously excited and reflected back on what Id shifted to create the change.
The answer? Everything.
- I stood in the morning as I skimmed the book of the face and chatted with friends.
- I sat on *any* chair as I wrote and created for a few hours mid-day.
- I perched on my Swiss Ball chair as I edited my musings.
- I walked and paced as I voice dictated email responses at night.
And my back felt better.
With hindsight, I realized when I POPPED from seat to seat to standing to walking and back to seated! my muscles never froze (not the technical term) in one position for too long.
Thanks to POPCORNING—even when I simply POPPED from one variety of seat to another— my back felt better!
I’m officially a POP! POP! POP! convert.
- Have you POPCORN’ed! for a while & just not known what to call it?
- Are you (and your aching back) *in* to give POPCORNING a try?