Sedentary office workers have a greater risk of death. Due to numerous changes and advancements in office technology, working in an office environment poses an array of new occupational illnesses and injuries.
Staying Safe at the Office
Scientific research shows that sitting for prolonged periods increases risks for illness and death. Even with regular exercise, prolonged sitting can lead to health problems including bad posture, joint and muscle disorders, vision problems, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, and death. After just four hours of sitting, body functions that regulate fat and glucose levels in the body start to shut down.
Office workers who sit all day behind a desk or computer have a higher risk of premature death. Although changing jobs may not be an option, there are precautions that will decrease the risk of occupational injuries and death.
Get Up and Stretch
It’s important to move around the office as much as possible. Using a cell phone or timer, people should set a reminder to get up and stretch for a few minutes every hour and spend at least five minutes walking and stretching whenever possible. Simple stretches of the neck, shoulders, arms, and legs will have a positive impact on joint and muscle health.
Take the Stairs
Instead of taking the escalator or elevator, people should take the stairs at every opportunity. Climbing the stairs once or twice each day will increase energy and blood flow, promote stronger bones and muscles, and burn more calories. This can reduce high blood pressure, joint and muscle pain, and obesity.
Recent health studies found that people who meditate have less brain tissue loss than people who don’t. In 50-year-old adults who meditate every day, their brains appear to be 7½ years younger than peers. Meditating for 10 minutes a day while at work improves breathing, lowers blood pressure, and relieves stress and anxiety.
Up the Fitbit
People who walk 15,000 steps a day, equivalent to seven miles, have higher metabolisms, smaller waistlines, and less risk for cardiac disease, heart attacks, and strokes. By wearing a Fitbit at work, it’s easy to monitor physical activity around the office.
A sedentary job slows metabolism which can lead to stomach problems, abdominal pain, constipation, and a higher risk of colon cancer. Drinking two liters of water every day will promote intestinal health and reduce the risks of stomach and abdominal problems.