Sitting Can Affect Every Aspect of Your Life
Nearly 86 percent of the American population sits at a desk for their jobs. According to recent studies, however, sitting at your desk for extended period is actually bad for you. But, how? In this blog, we will discuss some of the ways that classic office spaces are bad for your health.
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Classic Offices Can Destroy Your Health
“Sitting is the new smoking,” or at least according to researcher, Ryan Fiorenzi. Fiorenzi has found that standing or shifting your body every eight minutes could reduce your chances of cancer, types 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and back pain. These are just some of the risk factors to sitting for extended periods of time, however, a desk job poses a lot more health risks than things like cancer or heart disease. No, there are actually a lot more health risks to your job than you might think. The following are just some of the ways your health is negatively impacted.
Back damage is the most obvious health concern when it comes to desk jobs. When you are sitting and hunched over a computer, your back and joints are strained. According to Dr. Joan Vernikos, former director of NASA’s Life Sciences Division, ”We weren’t designed to sit.” Our bodies need to be in perpetual motion to function properly. So much of ourselves rely on motion to heal and carry on with everyday functions. For instance, our muscles are meant to be used. When we sit for eight-to-10 hours a day, our muscles aren’t given the exercise they need.
It is important to understand that just because you have a desk job, does not mean you are guaranteed to have health problems. Today, there are plenty of work areas and companies that encourage moving around and taking regular breaks from work. You are only in danger of health issues when you are not standing or moving around throughout your day. Cubicle desks are notoriously terrible for your health because they are constructed to box you in and keep you from leaving. Detaching from a cubicle desk is much harder than an open layout workspace.
Cubicle, or classic office spaces, are bad for your health in more ways than just physical. Metabolic digestion is also affected by sitting long hours at a desk. And, if you decide to skip breakfast to either get more sleep or get more work done, you are doing more damage to your body than you would think. Our bodies need food to properly function. Without it, cognition is slowed and our stress levels are raised. Not only are digestive issues a problem, but your blood pressure and heart health are also at risk. If you choose to skip a meal, studies have shown that you are at a greater risk to develop high blood pressure, obesity, and heart issues.
Most people, when they are hungry, also get irritable or grouchy. Because of this fact, if you are hungry at work because you have skipped a meal, your attitude towards your job may be altered. For instance, small things can affect you more and your co-workers can upset your faster. Having a bad attitude at work is the fastest way to ensure you won’t be well liked or, most likely, have a job in the near future.
Movement is essential to digestion. Without movement, our stomachs aren’t able to process our food fast enough. When your metabolism is slow, fats and sugars are more readily stored at fats. That means, by sitting at a desk for an extended period of time, you could be causing digestive and metabolic issues for yourself.
Sitting at a desk, confined by four white walls has more consequences than just physical. Mentally and emotionally you can suffer from sitting all day at your desk. Humans were not meant to be sequestered at their desks. Having a choice on how you work is so vital to how you feel about your job and your life. Having a workspace that you can move around in and even stand up from time to time can do wonders for your emotional state.
Part of enjoying a job is feeling like your employers care about your well being. Having a flexible workspace that caters to your needs is one of the reasons people enjoy their jobs. However, in classic offices spaces and cubicle desk spaces, this feeling of consideration is lost. After all, cubicles are caging and boring, and don’t account for your needs of physical and mental breaks.
Sitting at a desk all day also can wear down your self-confidence. When you enter a routine of doing the same job day in and day out, you don’t allow yourself any mobility — in any aspect of your life. That means, that you can stay stationary doing the same job, even though you know it doesn’t make you happy. You can feel like you are too comfortable in your current routine to move to a different position or even to a better job.
Sitting at a desk can even affect the way you sleep. For instance, if you are stationary all day, your body can get restless in the middle of the night. As stated earlier in this blog, humans weren’t meant to sit for long periods of time. Our bodies naturally ache to move around, which means that your body can choose to become restless when you need to be sleeping. Lack of sleep is one of the fastest ways to have an emotional breakdown and ruin your chances of doing well at your job. Not sleeping, sitting too much, and performing poorly at your job is just an endless cycle that you alone can break.
If you are tired of the classic office space and are craving a different workspace, contact Fractal Coworking today. We can offer you a workspace that you would like to work in. Visit our website and choose which type of workspace would work best for you. At Fractal, we can provide you with a flexible workspace that is attuned to your desires as a worker. Hopefully, by having a space that enables free mobility, you can learn to change your work style and improve your health. Contact us today to learn more about our workspaces for rent.