The stress, sitting for long hours, and sedentary lifestyle of your office hours can suck your life in several ways. Did you know that your 9 to 5 job can harm your body? Sitting for long hours at your desk can put you at risks such as high blood pressure, heart attack, diabetes, fatigue, stress, and depression. As your body metabolism slows down due to inactivity, you may become a victim of many risks related to your health.
Sitting at your chair at office is actually killing you. Most of the people are hunched over their desks in the same position for several hours together. Backaches and sore neck are common problems for such people. A few adjustments in your posture can support your neck and back well. Make sure that you keep your back straight and the level of your computer should be at the level of your eyes. Invest in a good chair that can rest your back properly.
Prolonged sitting at the same position can cause damage to your internal organs also. When you stay seated, muscles burn lesser fat and the blood flow would decrease. This gives a chance to fatty acids to clog your heart, which results in severe heart problems. Higher levels of cholesterol and blood pressure are observed in people who sit for longer hours. If there’s nothing you can do about it, try eating a healthy and nutritious diet that does not pile up your weight.
Weight gain is another common problem associated with prolonged sitting hours. No one who sits for nine to ten hours a day has a slim waistline. Obese people who have to sit for long hours should get up from their seat every hour and go for a stroll. Taking frequent breaks can help you prevent weight gain. Use wooden chairs with no armrest so that you can force your body to stay upright. Stretch your body quite often, almost every hour so that the muscles get a good flow of blood and they can function properly.
Your digestion gets slowed down when you remain seated at one place. Sluggish digestion can produce other irritating effects on the bowel movements. Bloating, constipation, or heartburn may be experienced by people who are bound to sit for ten hours due to their jobs. Getting involved in some physical activity several times a day can prevent such health problems. Set a goal of walking 5,000 to 8,000 steps a day. Take the stairs instead of elevator. Park your car at a distance from your office so that your legs get a chance to move. Walk across a coworker for a chit chat so that you can get up from your seat and walk around to his/her desk.
Dr. Hiren Patel, a leading physiotherapist in Ahmedabad, has helped several people get their posture correct. He conducts training sessions at offices and corporates to help people understand the importance of correct posture while sitting for long hours at the job.