Stand up and protect yourself from the harms of desk jobs

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This blog post discusses what you need to know about healthy work posture. Click below to read more.

Does your concentration drop off as you hunch over your computer?

Have you ever sat at your desk for so long that your backside starts to lose sensation?

What about those tight shoulders or tender wrists?

We all know that desk jobs are not ideal and yet most of us are trapped in a lifestyle that leaves us little choice. The 9-5 slog sitting at a desk is known to cause lots of health problems.

Our sit still lifestyle really isn’t great. In fact, a 2012 study found that people sitting for 11 or more hours a day at a desk have a 40% higher chance of dying. Furthermore, people are now considering it one of the greatest contributing factors to our obesity epidemic!

So what kinds of health problems are associated with having a desk job? Here are just a few examples:

• RSI

• Sore necks and backs

• Obesity

• Heart problems

• Diabetes

I know what you're thinking, neck and back pain are common to everyone, regardless of their job! And it's true, the numbers of people who report suffering from these aches and pains is 15 million for neck and 27 million for back. With numbers as high as these, it's no wonder so many of us think sitting still and the associated aches and pains are just normal when really they are signs from our bodies that something needs to change!

So what can you do about it?

GET UP

AND

MOVE

Simple stretches are a great way to keep your blood moving and reducing the harmful effects of sitting still. 

If you feel that simple stretches are not enough, another great option can be a standing desk. The best kinds seem to be stand/sit desks which can be adjusted to meet your needs throughout the day. If you're not sure where to look to purchase one, I've heard great reviews about Varidesk and have had several clients use them.

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