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Working in an office for 40-plus hours a week
isn t exactly conducive to a healthy lifestyle. Many
white collar Americans spend too much time sitting
in front of a computer monitor, chugging soda and
eating take out at their desks. Bad habits can add
up---and one day, all of a sudden, the fat has jiggled
a tyre shape around your waist, your back creaks
like a tired ship and your eyes are little red squints.
The good news: you can do something about it.
Below, we go over some of the most common work-
place-induced ailments and ways to avoid them.
Stop sitting so much
You're probably aware that sitting too much con-
tributes to back pain and a stretching waistline. But
according to mounting scientific data, prolonged sit-
ting can lead to a host of other problems you might
not know about.
"Chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease,
cancer, metabolic syndrome, back pain and obesity"
are all health risks associated with extensive sitting,
says Nicolaas Pronk, PhD, who has authored an
extensive body of work on healthy and unhealthy
behavior in the workplace.
How much sitting is too much sitting?
Negative consequences already show up after one
hour of sitting time---such as back pain---but when
people sit for four to six hours per day, "negative
health issues start to accumulate," says Pronk. When
you combine the most common times people sit---
on the commute, at the desk and in front of the TV
---you can easily get up to and over that amount. So
it helps to get up from the desk every so often.
While you can't walk around the office all day
there are ways to fit in some more standing time.
Make a habit to stand up every half hour, even if
only for a couple minutes. Grab a coffee or water,
mosey over to the printer, or just stand up to stretch
Team up with a coworker and go on a short
walk in the afternoons.
Stretch in the morning and at work.
Keep your hands strong
Hours of keyboard use could leave you with
cramped joints or sore wrists. While studies haven't
shown typing as a cause of carpal tunnel, you can
still get sore fingers and wrists, with tendonitis as
one of the worst-case scenarios.
Many wrist stretches can be done at the desk, but
you can also stand up and do a few. A few hand
exercises found at WebMD include:
Make a fist for up to a minute, then open your
palm wide, splaying your fingers;
Squeeze a stress relief ball;
Place your hand palm-down on your desk, then
raise and lower your fingers.
Stop staring at your monitor so much
According to the Vision Council's latest report on
digital eyestrain, about 70 per cent of US adults
experience eyestrain on a daily basis---mostly from
zombie-like stares into computer screens, big and
small, hour after hour every day---but half don't take
any steps to cut down on the strain.
So what can you do?
The Vision Council has some tips.
Use the 20/20/20 rule: Look away from the
screen every 20 minutes at something about 20 feet
away for 20 seconds.
Zoom in on webpages to increase text size
Make your workstation comfortable and
ergonomic by adjusting lighting, seat and monitor
Fix bad workweek eating habits
Weight gain can sneak up on you at the office
faster than you can say, "I didn't mean to eat the
Stop decaying at your desk
whole thing." Start by packing some greens from
"The best bet to lose weight is to pack your own
lunch," says Dr Dyan Hes, of the American Board of
Obesity Medicine and medical director of Gramercy
Pediatrics in New York City. "When you pack a lunch
you can choose healthier foods and control the portion
size." (Main Street)
YOUR DAILY HEALTH
News and Advice
such as diabetes,
pain and obesity
are all health risks
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