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How about some ‘desk-ercise’?

How about some 'desk-ercise'?

Most people have all day desk jobs where they begin and end their day at their desks, parked in front of a computer for 8-10 hours straight.

“A lot of times people completely disregard the damage it can cause to their health. Research has linked a number of health concerns with too much sitting. Low back pain, wrist pain, obesity, metabolic syndrome, shoulder aches, stiff neck etc. are a few of the health issues that may be caused,” said Dr Faizal Dalvi, specialist internal medicine at Aster Clinic, Joinfo.com reports with reference to Khaleej Times.

Busy is Life, an initiative of Aster Clinics, aims to address the very issue of people blaming their desk jobs for completely ignoring their health. Talking about the Cubicle circuit in particular, Dr Faizal said: “This aims to help those with a desk job to take a break to break the chain of activities every 30 minutes – 1 hour. Instead of sitting, standing up to work for a few minutes, walking when talking over the phone or stretching a little at regular intervals, are all small steps towards breaking the circuit towards a healthier workplace environment.”

Snacking at office

People usually snack on sandwiches, chocolates and cookies, coffee etc. excessively when doing a desk job because these are all convenient foods. But it can be changed easily.

First, lots of water is a must to stay hydrated throughout the day. Second, salads and fruits must be a regular inclusion in the diet. Snack options should be yoghurt, a fruit or vegetable or even nuts like almonds and walnuts.

And if you have to eat out at a celebration at work, it is best to choose the healthiest options. But you can also indulge yourself with pizza, biscuits or soft drinks occasionally.

Why breaks are important

The human brain isn’t meant to work for extended periods, our focus shifts from time to time, however only a small break is required to get the focus back on track.

You may feel that a two-minute break is not long enough but it is long enough to do your body a favor and give it the rest it needs.

Sitting for long hours can lead to…

Solve the problem

This means simple workouts when you are busy at work. It could be doing simple stretches and rolls without leaving your cubicle.

Tips to negate harmful effects of sitting for long:

See also: 13 everyday things that let you lose weight.

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