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…
- Low back pain, wrist pain, obesity, metabolic syndrome, shoulder aches, stiff neck
- Can cause people to have a hinged back and increase the risk of death from cancer and cardiovascular diseases
- May lead to depression because the mind has an effect on the body. Also, slouching while sitting induces feelings of fearfulness, dullness
Solve the problem
- Cubicle circuit:
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:
- Standing up, stretching, walking and changing your posture at regular intervals
- Take small breaks from time to time
- Avoid eating at the desk
- Don’t stare continuously at the computer screen as it strains your eye
- Head, neck and shoulder should always be aligned