"Spending all day at your computer must really hurt your eyes."
For some reason, I get this a lot. It's probably because I wear glasses.
In my line of work, everything's bad for you. Copywriting is not a 'healthy' career. Staring at the screen for too long wrecks your eyesight. Drinking too much coffee is bad for you. Free office snacks and Friday drinks will make you fat. Endless typing will give you RSI. Sitting down for 8 (ish) hours per day is putting you on the route to an early grave, via office chair.
Look. Forget 'doing X or eating Y will eventually kill you'. Living will eventually kill you. We're not immortal.
So what if that next latte's going to lower my life expectancy? I don't have a life expectancy. There isn't an age I particularly expect to live to. And of all the things I may say on my deathbed, "Man, I wish I hadn't consumed all that coffee back in my late 20's..." is unlikely to be one of them.
People who know me well know that 'diet', 'exercise' and 'salad' are words I rarely utter. I make no apologies for how unhealthy my lifestyle is compared to someone else's.
Besides, it isn't just me. How many thousands of people have the same work routine? Bus, train, desk, coffee, lunch at desk, coffee, slice of cake, couple of pints, train, bus, fried chicken, bed. Repeat until dead. (At the rate the retirement age is creeping up, I don't think that's an exaggeration.)
There are careers I could move into that would make me healthier, but I don't want to. Teaching yoga does not appeal. Guided tours? I expect the tour group would walk faster than I can. Anything strenuous is out of the question, because I quite like being able to breathe.
Apart from the standing/treadmill desk, are there ways to make copywriting healthier?
I doubt there are. Voice-to-text would prevent carpal tunnel, but typing burns calories, you see. Giving up coffee would put more strain on my heart and nerves, not less. And if you decline work drinks because you're cutting down, everyone will think you're a loner.
In the end I'm probably doing the right thing. Just don't be too surprised when I have a mid-life change of heart and retrain to be a Zumba instructor.