Sitting at Work is Harmful: 15 Ways to Fight Fatigue

2012-01-16 13:37

A recent study confirms that sitting at work is not only harmful to your physical body, but to your mental health as well. Read on to find out how long the average office worker sits per day and discover 15 ways to fight fatigue while sitting at work.

Within the past few years, researchers studying Occupational Health in the workplace have gathered conclusive evidence supporting a workplace hazard trend that many office workers have known all along: sitting at work can be as harmful as handling heavy machinery or handling hazardous materials.

In one study in New Zealand, researchers have shown that sitting for long periods at your desk, especially at a computer workstation, causes an increase in the risk of developing blood clots in your legs known as Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).

The danger of developing deep vein thrombosis is that the blood clots can migrate from your legs to your lungs and heart and cause cardiac arrest.

A recent finding by researchers at the Work & Health Research Centre at Loughborough University, is that office workers sit too long at their desks during work and that it is taking a toll on their minds as well as their bodies.

The study involved an 18-month period during 2009-2011 where psychologists conducted on-line and paper-based surveys of over 1000 employees that looked at and measured not only their lifestyle and physical activity levels, but also other health factors such as time spent sitting, work ability, general health and job attitudes.

What the researchers found was that during a typical work-week, office workers spend on average 5 hours and 41 minutes per day sitting at their desk and 7 hours sleeping at night. Furthermore, that those office workers who sit for prolonged periods at work tend to also spend a considerable amount of time sitting at home, have a body mass index (BMI) that correlates with time spent sitting, and are subject to a decrease in mental well-being.

In spite of Occupational Health guidelines that recommend specific levels of activity for maintaining good health, researchers have found that 50% of those people surveyed who are aged 50 years and under, failed to meet these guidelines—a growing problem found in workplaces worldwide.


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