In today’s global economy, having a job is often a blessing all on its own. But, any time you find yourself in any kind of job that keeps you in a stationary position for a period of time, you need to make sure you mix things up a little bit, for your own health. Here are some suggestions to counteract the forced inactivity you may encounter at your office job.
Increased Cases of Colon Cancer
There has been an increase in the rate of colon cancer in suburban and urban populations, and much of the cause of it has been traced to sedentary lifestyles. Much of this stems from the workload that places us in front of the computer for 8 to 10 hours a day. When you combine that with video and computer games that we play at home to “unwind” you have a sedentary lifestyle that creates problems with our bodies.
Not only is colon cancer on the rise, circulation problems are cropping up more often. Hours of sitting can contribute to blood clots that are not only painful in the form of phlebitis, they can be deadly.
Exercise on the Job
While many companies pay for gym memberships for their employees, those employees still don’t have the opportunity to work out during the day. But, there are some things you can do that can keep your body in shape while you are sitting at your desk.
First of all, you should simply stand up every 20 minutes or so. Just the simple act of standing up at your desk can change your position enough to get the blood flowing again and stimulate the veins in your legs to circulate de-oxygenated blood back to the heart. A couple of knee bends will also aid the process. This simple act can reduce the likelihood of developing blood clots by 30%.
Ergonomic seating may also be an option for you. Some people alternate between their office chair and “The Ball”, which is, literally, a ball. It is big enough to be chair height, and makes you work your core muscles as you balance at your desk and work.
Besides frequent breaks at the office, you need a good workout routine. Some people simply walk around the block or park to try to keep in shape. However, some people want more than that to challenge their bodies.
Gym memberships will give you access to workout equipment that you couldn’t afford or have room for at home. You can lift weights, join workout classes, and participate in spinning classes. Other people prefer a boot camp type setting.
Boot camps are popular for daily workouts as well as for weekend activities. Some boot camps last for an entire weekend, and some offer a workout of a few hours over a period of a few days. This gives many people a chance to get back in shape for the upcoming week. However you choose to work out, it will be for your own good.