As a physical therapist I’ve often told patients that “if you spend all your workday sitting, then a chair isn’t a piece of furniture. It’s one your most important tools”. Emboldened, they might go back to their boss and demand a proper ergonomic chair. They often get it, and neck and shoulder pains and carpal tunnel problems diminish or disappear!
In the same way, I’d advise somebody who was on their feet all day for their work–and especially if they have foot or ankle problems–that they should spend whatever it takes to have the best footwear–even down to the kind of socks they purchase for work. Spend $20 on a pair of Spenco inserts, I tell them, even if your new Easy Walkers come with footbed liners. You won’t waste money making your workday safer, less painful and less tiring.
So here, I think of it not as rationalization but as taking my own best advice. Well, maybe a little rationalizing, too.
If one spends a good bit of his day using his hands at the computer and his work is done there, AND if he already has pre-existing hand joint problems, then spending a little more for the right tools is the best investment a fella can make. Right?
And so I spent a gob on a mouse–the Logitech MX Revolution. But by all accounts, over time, my thumbs and wrists will thank me. And, after using the two $25 “reward certficates” I got last week from Amazon, I will have a heckuva mouse for a good price. Should be here soon!