Ways Your Office Job is Literally Killing You
1. Sitting all day could shave years off your life
Sitting for lengthy periods is terrible for your body. Aches and pains are the least of your problems Sitting too much can lead to an early death. You face a higher risk of muscular skeletal disorders obesity diabetes cancer heart disease and more even if you work out regularly. Around 86% of American workers sit all day at work. If youre one of them Alan Hedge a design and ergonomics professor at Cornell recommends you change to positions every 8 minutes and take a 2minute moving break at least twice an hour.
2. Regularly slouching in your can chair lead to long term illnesses
If your job requires you to sit most of the day its best if you get a sitting device that allows you to straighten your poor posture. If not youre contributing to a pool of chronic long term ailments including arthritis and bursitis.
3. Using a treadmill desk increases your chances of physically hurting yourself
Although a treadmill desk may help with the risk of obesity and heart disease these desks are also prone to increased typos and might cause you to fall more often than merely sitting in a chair.
4. Skipping breakfast puts your body in a constant stressful state
Always on the run and dont have time to eat the most important meal of the day? Doing this consistently will put your body in a stressful state and disrupt your metabolism. People who dont eat breakfast have a greater risk of high blood pressure being overweight and having heart issues compared to those who regularly eat within two hours of waking up.
5. Regularly eating fast food for lunch will increase your risk of heart disease
Most office folk go out for an unhealthy lunch once in a while some more than others but even the occasional indulgence has negative effects. A portion of fast food usually has around double the calories to another similar food of the same size and they have a lot of oxidized fat which increases the risk of heart disease.
6. Long commutes can lead to poor sleep higher cholesterol and an increased risk of depression
Commuting more than 10 miles by car can lead to higher blood sugar increased cholesterol according to a study from the University School of Medicine in Saint Louis and the Cooper Institute in Dallas. It can also increase your risk of depression anxiety and general misery. But public transit is no picnic either. One UK study found that people who commute 30 minutes by bus have the lowest levels of life satisfaction and even cyclists werent immune to the ill effects of long distance travel.
7. Motivational meetings can depress people
In order to get workers excited about the companys mission employers may host team building exercises or motivational meetings. But research has shown that forcing people to feel positive for something theyre unsure about can actually highlight how unhappy they are and ultimately will make them even more depressed.
8. Recirculated toxic air clogs your lungs
The EPA calls it Sick Building Syndrome. The air inside a building can be up to 100 times dirtier than outside and youre exposed to a variety of unhealthy gases and chemicals. There are pollutants in the air conditioning toxic particles dangerous bacteria and mold all flying around especially in buildings that arent well taken care of.
9. Over exposure to printers and photocopiers could lead to lung disease
Photocopiers are a source of potentially deadly ozone if the filter isnt periodically changed and its possible that even very small amounts can cause chest pain and irritation. Laser printers do this too and they also release toner particles that can get in your lungs and blood stream which could lead to lung disease and other ailments.
10. Spending too much time with a hot device on your lap lowers sperm count
If you use a laptop on your lap instead of a desk you can experience skin problems from the heat and theres even more concerning news for men. Researchers at the State University of New York found that laptops can raise the temperature of the scrotum which could lower a mans sperm count.
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