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The Top Health Risks Every Office Employee Should Know About!
For countless millions of people in the modern world, going to work means sitting in an office and typing away. Even people who work in very different industries can end up doing many of the same physical tasks: hunching over a keyboard to type, sitting through meetings, sitting while making a phone call, and sitting, sitting, and sitting some more.
Regardless of what the mind is focused on, the physical effects on the body are the same. While most people wouldn’t think working in an office is a very dangerous job, the truth is a little more troubling. Remaining sedentary for prolonged periods of time can have seriously harmful effects on the body.
If you’re reading this from a cubicle right now, don’t fret. In this article, we’ll discuss the top health risks facing office employees and share some practical steps you can take to reduce your risk of health problems associated with this lifestyle.
The most obvious health risk that might come to mind here is just a sheer lack of exercise. If you’re sitting still, it means you’re not moving around, and if you’re not moving around, you’re not getting any cardiovascular or muscular use out of your body. This sedentary lifestyle is all too common among office workers, and is frequently exacerbated at home by sitting in front of the TV or computer.
Health risks associated with an excessively sedentary way of life are unwanted weight gain and obesity, an increased risk of high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes. It can also lead to a higher risk of depression and anxiety. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, too much sitting can even increase the risk of developing certain forms of cancer.
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