You guys have heard me talking about my early lifelong love of activity and sports like skateboarding, skiing, football, and even going to college on a soccer scholarship. Coming from an athletic background, I always considered myself pretty active. Yet, the truth is, once I started building my photography career in action sports I put my entire focus in that and the majority of my movement came from my work.
Even though my career is based in action sports photography — I climbed mountains on several continents, was up early, to bed late and generally active when shooting — only a very small portion of the work of photographers requires us to be shooting. There’s a lot of time spent in travel, post production, in client meetings, retouching images, or developing new concepts at a desk. Even when I was on location, what we’re doing is hardly ergonomic. I was bracing the Nikon D–whatever top of the line camera with a long lens out in front of me for about 10 years. Imagine the toll.
The result? As much as I visualize myself being bulletproof and battle-hardened, the reality is that I’ve broken many bones, had several surgeries, etc etc, and overall – from bad mechanics — earned screwed up neck, back and, shoulders that I’m working to unwind to this day. Don’t get me wrong – I’m healthy and athletic – but compromised. And what I’ve learned is daily choices in moving, standing, and body work (i.e. stretching, massage, etc) can make a huge difference every day. Simply standing while working, taking the stairs vs. elevator, walking instead of riding are just a few examples can significantly improve your body’s positioning which leads to better health which leads to better creativity.
On the move [0:32] The Problem [1:09] Body Mechanics [1:38] What we can change [2:46] The Solution [3:34] Kelly & Juliet Starrett’s Deskbound [4:15] Four things you can do [5:54] Maintaining Your Body with Kelly Starrett [7:01]