By: Momotaz Rahman
It is very common for most people with a nine to five job to sit at their desk and only getting up for a lunch break. I know I’m not the only one who has sat in my desk glued to my work while trying to stuff down the lunch I got. What many people are unaware of is that sitting for eight hours straight can be quite deadly.
Studies have shown that there are many negative health effects which include; heart disease, high blood pressure, and higher risk of being disabled are a few that are associated with being glued to your desk. Sitting for a long time causes muscles to burn less fat and blood to flow more sluggishly.
“Sitting is a type of poison for the body”, according to Dr. Emran Medical Director, West Oaks Urgent Care. “Sitting causes negative metabolic changes, increases weight, and affects circulation in the legs. This causes significant health problems, especially for office workers who sit in chairs for 40+ hours a week.”
There’s no need to worry because it is possible to reverse the damage without having to commit to a job that requires you to be on your feet for eight hours or more. Here are a few tips to make sure that you keep your job without it taking a toll on your body.
- Take five-minute walking breaks
- Try to get up/out for lunch instead of ordering at your desk
- Attempt certain tasks while standing up
Going to the gym is not the cure because you may work out about 4 times a week but essentially during the day you are sitting in the car and then sitting for another 8 hours at your desk. Along with your frequent gym visits it is important to try and take small walking breaks.
For More Information: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2014/09/08/take-a-seat-you-may-be-able-to-reverse-the-damage-to-your-health/