Saturday, December 30, 2017 by Zoey Sky
Even though most desk jobs are low-impact, they are often linked to very serious health concerns.
Various experts say that individuals who work in offices need to pay attention to their health because people who spend at least six hours a day sitting down double their risk of a heart attack. Even the computers that we use can increase the risk for visual impairment by a whopping 40 percent, as well as “increase insulin resistance, and affect our mental health.”
Because of this alarming trend, “weekend warriors” were born. Weekend warriors often cram a seven-day workout regimen during the weekend. Unfortunately, research has confirmed that this doesn’t benefit your health that much.
Dr. Allan Stewart, M.D., Director of Aortic Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, shared that because desk jobs require you to sit for long periods, your heart rate slows down and this affects your overall health. This can cause a tendency to prefer unhealthy foods, fat build-up on the heart, an increased insulin resistance, and a more pronounced belly.
While damage to the heart and muscles of weekend warriors is already done, these tips from Dr. Stewart can help offset your risk for various health concerns:
Moe Widdi, a “master trainer” at New York Health & Racquet Club, advised that sitting less is better for your “body’s natural state.” A desk job increases the body’s “risk for injury” when we lose strength in core and glutes because this puts more pressure on the bones.
Posture also helps you maintain confidence, minimizes the risk of injury, and helps you avoid asthma. Widdi suggests some wall slides and supinated reverse flys to help improve your posture.
Dr. Randy McLaughlin, an optometrist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, said that while computer screens “are not going to make you go blind,” the UV (ultraviolet) rays they emit can still strain the retinas.
The following tips can help you protect your eyes:
You can learn more about how to stay active at Slender.news.