These days, people spend more time sitting at home as well as at work in their private office spaces or shared, cubicle office environments. The growth of white collar careers and introductions of many technologies have caused us to lead an inactive and sedentary lifestyle. That has it’s own drawbacks and many negative impacts. Lack of physical activity increases risks of many chronic and fatal diseases and affects our body in many ways.
According to many researchers and experts, the human body is designed to be active. Because of that, staying in inactive state for long periods of time affects not only your health but also your weight and body, and at the same time, your productivity, and happiness as well.
So what exactly are the risks associated with inactivity or sitting down in office environments and what are some of the ways or things you can do to minimize the risk and stay well and healthy while working a desk job?
Problems associated with sitting down for a long period of time
One of the major health risks associated with inactive states caused by working in an office environment is excessive production of insulin.
When you are in an inactive state for a prolonged period of time, there will be an overproduction of insulin, low metabolic rate, as well as poor blood circulation. All these risk factors cause obesity, weight gain as well as other chronic diseases like diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases.
Below are some of the consequences which show how working in office spaces can affect your health.
Inactivity increases your level of cholesterol in the blood. And heart diseases as well as other cardiovascular diseases are mainly linked with high levels of cholesterol.
Many studies show that people who lead sedentary lifestyles are more likely to have diabetes than those who are active. This is mainly caused by the overproduction of insulin when sitting for a long period of time, which leads to fluctuation of blood sugar level. On top of that, excess body fat due to inactivity also is linked to obesity which contributes to the risk of having chronic diseases.
Working desk jobs involves more sitting and less labor work. That disrupts your metabolism and cause low metabolic rates. There also is less burning of calories. As a result of that, energy is stored in the form of fat in the body, making you gain weight more quickly. At a more serious level, that also can lead to more serious disorders such as obesity, which also increase risks of other chronic diseases too.
One of the main negative effects of sitting for extended periods of time is that it affects your posture. For example, sitting in front of a computer screen usually causes you to slouch or bend forward, which causes neck strains, and in due course of time give you slumped shoulders. Improper sitting positions also put pressure on your back leading to neck strain, back pains as well as more seriously disk damages.
Working in office environments also triggers high stress levels. Some studies such as the one published by New Yorker website claim that office workers especially those working in open offices are more prune to high level of stress. Ways you can avoid health risks and stay healthy while working an office job
The most detrimental negative effect of excessive sitting is staying seated for hours on end. To minimize the risk and stay healthy while working an office joy, you can do so many things which include taking a break and letting oxygen flow throughout your brain.
Alleviate Workplace Cubicle Stress
Take a break
In between tasks, take a few minutes of break, and walk or so some stretching. You’ll also relax and relive stress this way. You can walk down the stairway, walk about in the corridor, and so on. All in all, avoid sitting for more than half an hour on end
Perform simple exercises
With hectic and busy work schedules, you may not have time for a regular intensive exercise routine. But there are many types of moderate exercises and stretching you can perform while being seated on your desk chair. You can perform those types of exercises in between tasks or during breaks.
Cut back on technology
The introduction of smart devices, e-mail, and other technology has made our lives easier. But at the same time, they also are making us lazy. One great idea is to avoid using emails for office communications as much as possible. If you have options to either phone or walk to communicate with your colleague, choose the latter option.
Stand up and move while working
Find ways to stand up and move while you’re in your cubicle. Stand up whenever you have the chance to while at work such as to send memos, dispatch files etc. Walking instead of using emails, having walking meeting or discussions with coworkers, standing up to take phone calls, also are other great options to stay active.
Proper standing position
Learn to sit properly on your office chair to avoid the most prevalent negative effects like back pains and neck strains that are common among people working in an office environment. Position your chair, computer screen and other office equipment the right way and sit up straight and avoid slouching. There also are many specialized types of chairs like stand up chairs that can be good alternatives.
The white collar lifestyle; no manual labor, sitting on an office desk all day long and not having to do any tiresome labor may look glamorous on the outside. But it comes with it’s own drawbacks and negatively affects your body and wellness. However, by choosing an active lifestyle and performing the above mentioned simple exercises and techniques, you can reduce risks of the negative consequences and stay healthy.