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Old September 10th 03, 10:31 PM
Sarah Miller
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My work mates and boss just don't get it.

I've had a few probolems over the summer with serious back pain, caused
and agrevated by poor sitting posture. You know, office chair not
fitting, car seat with no lumar surport etc. So I've been in pain and
taken a few trips to see a physio, I'mnow physio free but still doing
the exercises.

Today I got told off for the mixed message I'd been sending my work
colleges because I continued to talk about unicycling at the weekend at
the same time as complaining about ill fitting chairs at work. ARrrrgh.

Did my boss really think I'd be doing something at the weekend that
would make the pain WORSE! I carried on unicycling with the blessing of
my physio because unicycling doesn't involve slouching but puts the
spine
into a pretty good shape and helps strengthen the musles
that keep it in a nice
position. In fact I'm wondering if part of the reason the back pain
kicked off this summer is because I've unicycling less and driving
more. If I could bear getting out of bed earlier I'd be tempted to ride
into work for a week and see how it affected me.

One other good reason for unicycling to work, it always cheered me up on
the way home, bicycling doesn't seem to be so good at that.

Rant over, thank you for reading this far, I'm sorry , I'll try not to do
it too often.

Sarah

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Old September 10th 03, 10:34 PM
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Default Work mates just don't get unicycling.


I can't speak for your back pain, but I know what causes my serious
muscle cramp back pain occasionally.

If I am doing ANY regular exercise that includes my back muscles and
then stop for a week cold turkey, I can almost guarantee that it will
arrive. I found this to be the case with weight training, with balance
ball workouts and with unicycling (all at different times, of course
).

People assume that because you wave your arms around, it must be bad for
your back, like golf.


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Old September 11th 03, 01:37 PM
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Default Work mates just don't get unicycling.


Uni~vs~ U wrote:
* I know my legs are killing me right now.... what a work out on the
quads.*



just remember to keep focusing on sitting with your weight on the seat
as much as u can
it helps with the quads




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Old September 11th 03, 03:47 PM
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Default Work mates just don't get unicycling.

Glad to see it's not just me that has people react with the "who cares?",
"good for you!" attitudes when I tell them of my new found hobby (44 yr
male).
I enjoy doing it even though I don't find there's much exercise in it (maybe
it's just me?) it's all about balance.
I now prefer going to the store to get milk on the uni rather than the bike,
even though I know I'll get pointed at (mostly in a good way).
I'm not looking for attention, I just love being able to do this now.
Can't wait till I can idle, and maybe go backwards.
Thank God for these NG's etc so us like minded people can have a chat and
rant.


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My work mates and boss just don't get it.

I've had a few probolems over the summer with serious back pain, caused
and agrevated by poor sitting posture. You know, office chair not
fitting, car seat with no lumar surport etc. So I've been in pain and
taken a few trips to see a physio, I'mnow physio free but still doing
the exercises.

Today I got told off for the mixed message I'd been sending my work
colleges because I continued to talk about unicycling at the weekend at
the same time as complaining about ill fitting chairs at work. ARrrrgh.

Did my boss really think I'd be doing something at the weekend that
would make the pain WORSE! I carried on unicycling with the blessing of
my physio because unicycling doesn't involve slouching but puts the
spine
into a pretty good shape and helps strengthen the musles
that keep it in a nice
position. In fact I'm wondering if part of the reason the back pain
kicked off this summer is because I've unicycling less and driving
more. If I could bear getting out of bed earlier I'd be tempted to ride
into work for a week and see how it affected me.

One other good reason for unicycling to work, it always cheered me up on
the way home, bicycling doesn't seem to be so good at that.

Rant over, thank you for reading this far, I'm sorry , I'll try not to do
it too often.

Sarah

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Old September 11th 03, 08:57 PM
Sarah Miller
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Default Work mates just don't get unicycling.

Mikefule wrote:
I write as a unicycling, fencing Morris dancer with no TV set who works
with people who can speak of little but football, soaps and clubbing.
The British no longer value eccentricity, but regard people like us with
suspicion.


You may be right. The conversation in the kitchen at lunch time today was
based on football clubs, who s nicked someones personal coffee and how
rubish the work experiment lad is at making coffee( he used ground coffe
instead of instant, ooops , it was pretty bad).

I find I'm day dreaming about the forthcoming BMW more and more, thank
goodness I have that and the Darmstadt hockey torny to look forward to.

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Old September 11th 03, 09:01 PM
Sarah Miller
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Default Work mates just don't get unicycling.

johnfoss wrote:
Unicycle = good.
Sitting in the same position all day = bad.


Make sure you don't sit locked in any one position, but move around.
Take frequent breaks, and whatever else your ergonomics reading material
tells you (I'm certainly not an expert). The basic idea is that the
human body is made to move, not be stationary.


Amen brother, preach it.

Thankfully I'm now released from the office and back in the warehouse
where i belong, lifting shifting and inspecting cable. Funny how they
don't think that might be bad for me:-) I know it isn't because i've been
taught how to lift and shift and don't do it if its too heavy.

Sarah
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Old September 11th 03, 09:02 PM
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Sarah Miller wrote:
*I carried on unicycling with the blessing of my physio because
unicycling doesn't involve slouching but puts the spine into a pretty
good shape and helps strengthen the musles that keep it in a nice
position. *



Make sure you tell your work mates what your physio said, even better,
get a note from your physio and post it at your desk.


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Ok, I am now officially in my normal state of -advanced- confusion.
Don't try to confuse me, it won't make any difference.

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Old September 11th 03, 11:10 PM
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Along this topic, a couple of years ago I received a very inspiring
email from a person with a degenerative disorder in his spine.

Sitting down was quite painful and he was increasingly unable to either
walk or bicycle any distance, which was becoming frustrating because
this was something he had really enjoyed doing with his wife.

Then he discovered unicycling. He told me that he could unicycle long
distances with much less discomfort than any other form of
transportation, and that he felt that unicycling had, in his words,
"given him his life back". He even went so far as to say that he
thought that a unicycle was going to become his "new wheelchair".

So tell that to your colleagues, Sarah!

-Kris Holm


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