Written By Anica Oaks / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
If you work at a job that has you sitting at a desk for eight or more hours per day, it may sound to most people as if you can just sit back and relax. Unfortunately, that may not be true. Though not having to exert yourself much physically may sound good on the surface, the truth is your desk job may in fact be harmful to both your physical and mental health.
As to how this can be, here are some ways of which you might be surprised.
Shorter Lifespan from desk job
If you work at a desk job, you may be staring at a much shorter lifespan. According to doctors, sitting for long periods of time on the job can lead to increased risks of developing such serious conditions as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Worst of all, even if you are physically active away from the job, you still have an increased risk of developing these conditions.
Poor Posture from desk job
Like most people sitting at desks for hours each day, you're likely to slouch from time to time. In doing so, you put unnecessary stress on your spine, resulting in increased risk of suffering from arthritis or bursitis. If you experience back pain or shoulder pain, it's probably best to seek out the services of a chiropractor.
Bad Eating Habits from desk job
Many times when you are working at your desk, you may be too busy to get up and go out for a healthy lunch. As a result, you likely join many of your coworkers and send out for fast-food that you can eat at your desk. But by doing so, you are not only continuing to stay sedentary, but also eating food that is high in fat and cholesterol, increasing the chances you could develop heart disease.
Sick Building Syndrome from desk job
When you sit at your desk for hours on end day after day in an office building, you may be setting yourself up for what is known as Sick Building Syndrome. This condition, which is characterized by continued exposure to mold, germs, and toxic particles commonly found in recirculated air, can lead to significant problems with allergies, asthma, or other related conditions.
If you do sit at a desk for hours and hours during your workweek, do all you can to get up and move now and then. By changing positions every 10 minutes, stretching, or taking a few steps around your office, you can lessen the impact your desk job will have on your health.
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Anica Oaks is a professional content and copywriter who graduated from the University of San Francisco. She loves dogs, the ocean, and anything outdoor related. You can connect with Anica on Twitter @AnicaOaks.
Founder Ray Spotts has a passion for all things natural and has made a life study of nature as it relates to health and well-being. Ray became a forerunner bringing products to market that are extraordinarily effective and free from potentially harmful chemicals and additives. For this reason Ray formed Trusted Health Products, a company you can trust for clean, effective, and healthy products. Ray is an organic gardener, likes fishing, hiking, and teaching and mentoring people to start new businesses. You can get his book for free, “How To Succeed In Business Based On God’s Word,” at www.rayspotts.com.