In modern times, there is a large number of the urban population across the country which is employed at a desk job. You might think that your desk job is safer than working out doors or in any other industry but the truth is bound to astound you as your office job is actually harmful in more than just a few ways. So take a quick look at some of the ways that your desk job may be harming you, and be more wary the next time you sit yourself down in front of your computer screen. After all, health comes first!
1. Lack of Sleep
We all know that doctors prescribe 8 hours of sleep a day but those of us who live in a corporate world just aren’t able to get that much time in bed. With the increased stress and pressure due to the work load at the office and working hours that feed upon the time you should be spending dozing in bed, insomnia and the lack of sleep have a terrible effect on your mental and physical health and increases the risk of cardiovascular problems.
2. Being in vicinity of hot devices
Most of us use a laptop in the office to get our work done, and if not then there’s always one at home to catch up on any work lag or additional tasks. But what you probably weren’t aware of is that setting a hot laptop on your lap has adverse effects on the skin. And guys should be extra wary as it has been known to lower men’s sperm count.
3. Insufficient Exercise
You might think that sitting at the work table is a pain in the ass but it’s so much more than that. Not only does spending 8 hours in the same place make you increasingly lethargic but it also leads to an increased chance of obesity and even a reduction in the BMI along with increased chance of diabetes, heart disease, muscular skeletal disease, and cancer, as well.
4. Skipping Breakfast
How many times have you repeatedly hit the snooze button on your alarm and then found yourself racing out the door in a hurry upon being late? It’s at times like these that you skip the most important meal of the day; breakfast. Skipping breakfast not only puts your health at risk but also disrupts your metabolism and puts your body in a state of stress.
5. Indoor Air Quality
It’s been found that the quality of air indoors in office buildings and workplaces isn’t up to par as required by our bodies. The buildings have flaws in their heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems which affect the indoor air quality so severely that they can cause conditions such as headaches, nausea, and fatigue, among others, in workers.
6. Frequently using the keyboard
You may not think that the keyboard has anything to do with downgrading your health, but in truth, frequently using a keyboard increases your risk of a number of health issues including E. Coli, and coliforms. Additionally, all that typing can cause carpal tunnel syndrome which has the ability to damage nerves permanently.
7. Chronic Pain Development
Believe it or not, chronic pain is something that has become increasingly common amongst office workers who spend their days sitting at a desk. The several hours spent at a desk can often lead to chronic back pain and prolonged use of the computer and keyboard can be linked to increased risk of carpal tunnel syndrome which may lead to a permanent damage of the nerves.
8. A not-so-pleasant Boss
At times your boss may turn out to be more unpleasant than a walk in the desert on a hot summer day. Sure, sometimes an obnoxious co-worker has the same effect on your overall mood, but how can you ignore someone when he or she is your boss. Having a bad boss has been known to increase stress levels and your risk of heart disease as well lower your morale and self-esteem which may damage your mental health as well.
9. The commute time
For the average corporate employee, it takes approximately 20-30 minutes to commute to the workplace. But in the cases when it takes longer to travel to the office, there has been a larger range of negative physical and emotional conditions along with increased time taken for travel. In most cases, an increased time in commute has been linked with heightened stress and anxiety levels.
10. Eating fast food
Let’s face it, if you’re working in the office then it’s hard to avoid fast food for even a couple days in a row. We all know that fast food is rife with harmful ingredients as well as calories and oxidised fat amongst a ton of other things which often leads to health issues including heart diseases, obesity and diabetes.