Office work has been recognized as one of the major players when it comes to direct/indirect threats to your individual health. Threats that range from the atmosphere to how many times you are using an electronic device can be cited as having negative impacts on your health. Here are a few problems office workers face each day; some do not even notice that they are occurring or re-occurring on a daily basis.
Many workers in an office based setting are spending hours and hours each day sitting in a chair with little or no movement. They are not allowing their bodies to experience the recommended daily amount of exercise and in reality hardly any movement at all. This can cause chronic back pains purely based off of lack of movement. Your posture could still be good, but that doesn't mean the risk isn't still present. Try spend a good amount of time (20-30 minutes per 8 hour shift) standing up, stretching your limbs (legs, arms) as well as your neck to reduce tension from building up and causing future back issues.
Posture is a key as well. Many workers often slouch in their chairs or are more reclined then they are upright. By doing this for long periods of time you can ultimately affect the alignment of your spine which can lead to issues later in life as well. Practice sitting upright more often, with your chest help up and back straight to prevent from facing these issues. If you are forced to work long hours sitting each day, it would be smart to invest in an office chair that supports this form of work. Most office supply stores offer chairs that feature working levels, so invest in the one that features the highest amount of sitting period.
In today's business world, being on top of your game and competition can really give you the upper-hand to succeed. We constantly rely on electronic devices to provide us with up-to-date statistical data, resources, and other such reasons. We often find ourselves starring at this equipment for far too long, which can in turn lead to possible sight problems in the future. Dry eyes, blurred vision, or other such problems are evident when you are constantly looking at a computer screen during your day. Practice habits of focus on objects that divert your attention from work every now and then. Stare at objects that don't involve a screen (a plant, a car outside, etc.) and do this for a good 20 seconds every half hour or so. This small tip can lead to far less elliptical problems in your future.
The work place is an area that is supposed to ensure productivity and success from its employees. Open floor plans, crowded office cubicles with little privacy, and other such jumbled conditions can raise your stress levels to unhealthy amounts. While these plans seem effective, their reality provides a let down to the employees as heart rates and blood pressures soar to amounts that deem the area as unsafe to one's individual health. If your work environment requires you to work in such settings, make sure to take plenty of breaks. Go outside, breathe in some fresh air, and stabilize that heart rate and blood pressure level simply and effectively by doing so. A simple walk a couple times a day (10-15 minutes, 3 times per work day) can help effectively reduce stress risks and lead to a healthier you.
With the rising amount of health concerns we can see that one measure helps reduce your risks immensely: movement. A little movement goes a long way in helping reduce your risks and stabilize your health in an office setting. Remember to set aside time to take these simple steps to reducing these problems that can arrive at any time. Doing so will lead to a more healthy, and productive you.