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HEALTH RISK OF A DESK JOB: HOW TO OVERCOME IT

By Jasmeet Singh . 18th November 2017 08:30pm
HEALTH RISK OF A DESK JOB: HOW TO OVERCOME IT

After the celebration of getting a desk job that offers good pay, you are now used to the stressful working conditions that come with your office. Besides a load of paperwork and deadlines that you have to meet, your desk job is gradually leading to the detriment of your health. Sitting for eight hours a day from Monday to Friday and sometimes Saturday has a long-term effect on both our physical and mental health. While having a desk job is paying your bills and putting food on your table, it comes with a lot of health risks.

  • A high risk of Muscular Skeletal Disorders (disorders that affects body movement). Also, leads to muscle pulls, heart diseases, and even early death.
  • Bad posture due to slouching in the chair. Posture worsens over time and can lead to arthritis and bursitis.
  • Poor vision as a result of stirring for a long time at the computer screen. Your vision even without knowing begins to deteriorate.
  • Obesity which comes as a result of eating junk while working. Eating snacks and junks may seem to be a good form of distraction from the stress but then leads to obesity.
[caption id="attachment_24123" align="alignnone" width="2702"]desk job Source[/caption] The effects of a desk job cannot be overlooked, but that does not mean it should be stopped. We all need these jobs for survival and there are various tips and health practices that can be imbibed to maintain good health while working at a desk. Good posture can be achieved through the following:
  • Have a good chair raised to the proper height.
  • Your hands should be comfortable when on the desk.
  • The computer should also be placed at the correct height.
For good health, apply the following:
  • Avoid sitting in one position for a long time. After some time, do well to get up and take a walk in the office. Say hi to your co-workers in other departments.
  • You can give your neck a roll, stretch out your arms and feet. Make sure you do not adjust your neck to the screen. Adjust the screen to your neck level. This will help you look straight into the computer.
  • At lunch, have a proper meal. Avoid junks and unhealthy snacks.
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