Table Service: Why Your Desk Job Shouldn’t Take Over Your Health
So nice to have someone serve you coffee while you’re at your desk, working through presentation after presentation, right? Wrong. We suggest you move around and get that coffee yourself. Take a walk while you’re at it.
Most of us, especially in urban areas, follow a very sedentary lifestyle. We want morning tea and dinner in bed, because we are tired from our day at work. We prefer playing video games, instead of playing with our kids in a park. When it comes to work, we stick to our desks, rather than take a walk in the corridor after lunch. Our monotonous desk jobs have effects on our body, some of which are:
- The muscles in our body get immobile, and lose their ability to metabolise fats and sugar as effectively as they should. This increases the level of cholesterol in our arteries, which can lead to heart disease. It increases the risk of diabetes as well.
- Sitting continuously for long hours affects our body posture, which in turn creates pains, aches, stress, and tension in the muscles.
Here’s what you can do:
Take a break – Take a 5-minute break for stretching and walking after every hour of continuous work. This will help in releasing tension from the muscles, and making them healthy and flexible.
Check your posture – Check the way you are sitting every 30-45 minutes, as good posture helps in attaining flexibility, and prevents damage of our tissues and muscles.
Adjust, please – Making some adjustments to our computer screens, work stations, and our chairs will definitely help in eliminating some posture issues. Such adjustments could be placing the computer screen at eye level, sitting on rotating stools instead of fixed chairs, and keeping your spinal cord straight.
Move it – Using the office treadmill, or just walking around while holding a meeting or during a brainstorming session creates an opportunity for your body to move.
Rest your eyes – Give your eyes a rest after every 1 hour, by averting them from your screens and looking elsewhere, or just shutting them.
These little tips will go a long way in helping you stay fit, and preventing you from becoming stiff and inactive.