Combatting Health Risks of Increased Desk Time During Covid-19

Combatting Health Risks

Combatting Health Risks of Increased Desk Time During Covid-19

As the Covid-19 pandemic persists, the trend of remote work remains prevalent, transforming our homes into our office spaces. Regardless of the location, the majority of these jobs entail sitting at a desk for long hours. A study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine reveals that individuals with desk jobs spend about 75% of their work hours sitting. According to UK Active Research, some people even spend up to 14 hours a day seated.

The health implications of such prolonged sitting are concerning. A recent study found that spending eight hours a day sitting, only moving for restroom breaks, is more detrimental to health than breaking up those hours with five-minute walks every hour. Shona Vertue, a personal trainer and yoga instructor, emphasizes the importance of regular movement throughout the day for improved circulation, cognition, and immunity.

The National Health Service (NHS) warns that extended periods of sitting can slow down the metabolism, affecting the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar and blood pressure, and impairing the breakdown of body fat. However, this can be mitigated by incorporating short desk exercises into your daily routine. These exercises are an easy, cost-free, and effective way to strengthen muscles.

Hollie Grant, also known as The Pilates PT, suggests a simple method to incorporate these exercises into your workday without appearing odd in an office setting. She advises taking a brief walk around your workspace every hour or so. “Engaging your muscles throughout the day is an excellent supplement to your existing exercise regime,” she said in an interview with Marie Claire.

For those who find it challenging to fit exercise into their busy schedules, stretching is a more straightforward alternative. “Supporting your body to stay strong, fit, and mobile is crucial, and a desk-based exercise series can be an easy way to incorporate healthy movement into a busy day,” Shona said. She recommends standing or stretching for 10 minutes every 90 minutes and engaging in 30 minutes of more vigorous activity before or after work hours.

For those who spend long hours at their desks, investing in an electric height adjustable sit stand desk could be a game-changer. Standing desks have been hailed for their health benefits, including reducing back pain and boosting productivity. But how do you choose the best standing desk? Factors such as adjustability, stability, and durability should be considered.

The best sit stand desk should be easily adjustable to cater to your preferred height for both sitting and standing positions. An electric stand up desk offers this flexibility at the touch of a button. Moreover, they are designed to promote better posture, reduce eye strain and decrease the risk of obesity and other health issues associated with prolonged sitting.

In conclusion, while remote work may have its benefits, it’s crucial to be aware of the potential health risks associated with prolonged sitting. Incorporating regular movement or investing in a standing desk can significantly improve your health and productivity. Remember, your health is your wealth – don’t compromise it for convenience.

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Higher Diploma in Mechanical Engineering. Ergomotion Director since 2005.

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