Dec 11, 2017

Do you work at a place that requires you to sit all day, glued to a desk?

Do you yearn to break the dull monotony of every sedentary day?

Contrary to what a laborer might believe, a desk job is not easy. To an outside observer, all you do is sit at a desk and type all day.  They might not be aware of the problems that come with it. You might not even fully know the health hazards of a desk job. How can you take steps to ensure a healthy lifestyle when you don’t know the problems associated with your means of earning a living?

So, let’s look at some of the health problems associated with a desk job and how to prevent these problems.

Elevated risk of diabetes and heart attack

Combine your desk job with a stress-inducing daily routine and you’ll get a recipe for disaster. Research suggests that sitting at your desk everyday can greatly increase the risk of developing type-2 diabetes. Add the stress of the job to the mix and you can also be a potential victim of a heart attack. And we don’t need to tell you how dangerous that is.

Preventive steps

To effectively prevent the risk of heart attack and diabetes, you need to ensure an even circulation of blood in your body and a functional way to burn excess calories. For that, you’ll need to take a break once every one or two hours and spend 15 minutes performing a physical activity, like walking.

Increased weight problems

Desk jobs also come with lunches at your desk or snacks for when you feel a bit hungry between meals. This is one of the key factors that might lead to weight gain or obesity. In America alone, more than 60 percent of people, consume snacks at their desk. America is also, incidentally, suffering from one of the world’s worst obesity problems.

Preventive steps

The best preventive measure for weight gain or obesity is to eat healthy. You need to put a lot more thought into preparing your meals and snacks between those meals. Your diet should, ideally, contain all the elements of necessary nutrition (protein, vitamins, and minerals) while, at the same time, staying away from processed fats.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

One of the lesser known, yet no less painful, problems associated with desk jobs is the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Typing a lot in a day can lead to a pinched nerve in your wrist. According to research by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, women have smaller wrists than men, and can be much more exposed to the risks of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Preventive steps

The best way to prevent the risks associated with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is to maintain a healthy posture while typing. Any awkward wrist or back positions while typing can cause problems. If you want to go a step further, you can also use an adjustable split keyboard while typing.

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