Heavy stress may shorten Sick of sitting? Here our life expectancy: Study are ways to stay healthy at work
The research reveals that lack of exercise strongly reduces the life expectancy of men in their 30's — by 2.4 years, while consumption of fruits can increase the life expectancy by 1.4 years and vegetables by 0.9 years
If you are taking too much stress, read this carefully. Researchers have found that life expectancy is influenced not only by the traditional lifestyle-related risk factors, but also by factors related to a person’s quality of life, such as heavy stress.
The study, published in the journal BMJ Open, was based on data collected from men and women aged 25 to 74 in the Finnish National FINRISK Study 1987-2007 through questionnaires and measurements. The rate of mortality was followed until the end of 2014.
For the findings, the researchers calculated the effects of multiple risk factors, including lifestyle-related ones, to the life expectancy of men and women.
“Before, life expectancy has usually been assessed based on only a few sociodemographic background factor groups, such as age, sex, and education. In this study, we wanted to assess the impact of several different factors to a person’s life expectancy, so we could compare their effects,” said study researcher Tommi Harkanen from the National Institute for Health and Welfare in Finland.
The researchers calculated the life expectancies by changing the values of each risk factor at a time and keeping the values of other factors constant.
Only the BMI, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels were allowed to be changed when the values related to lifestyle factors were changed.
MAJOR THREATS ARE SMOKING, DIABETES
They found that the biggest causes for shortened life expectancy for 30-year-old men are smoking and diabetes. Smoking takes 6.6 years and diabetes 6.5 years out of their life expectancy.
Being under heavy stress shortens their life expectancy by 2.8 years, the study said.
The research also revealed that a lack of exercise strongly reduced the life expectancy of 30-year-old men -- by 2.4 years.
On the other hand, things such as the consumption of plenty of fruits and vegetables could increase life expectancy: eating fruit by 1.4 years and eating vegetables by 0.9 years.
The same factors impacted the life expectancy of both men and women.
For 30-year-old women, e.g. smoking shortened the life expectancy by 5.5 years, diabetes by 5.3 years, and heavy stress by 2.3 years.
The effects to the life expectancy of older people were similar but smaller than in younger age groups.
Differences between the life expectancies of men and women largely due to risk factors that can be changed, according to the researchers.
“What was interesting about the study was how small the difference in the life expectancy of 30-year-old men and women was based on the same risk factor values -- only 1.6 years,” said study researcher Seppo Koskinen.
The lifestyle choices that increase mortality, such as smoking, heavy alcohol use, unhealthy diet, and lack of exercise, are most common in the population groups whose social position is the weakest, the study said.
In the corporate world, most of our days are spent sitting at our desks for a long period of time. It is hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle especially when it comes to balancing both work and good health together. Before we even realize, this sedentary lifestyle coupled with unhealthy eating, high stress levels and inadequate sleep will give us a set of various lifestyle diseases in the long run.
Even though there is a constant competition in the workplace, a little dose of healthy eating and exercises in simple forms always does the trick. And how can office life and a happy life go hand-in-hand? Sheryl Salis, dietician and diabetes educator, lists below a couple of ways to make your life easier and healthier.
As the evening strikes and the hunger pangs kick in, we automatically navigate towards that bag of unhealthy food. Instead of binging on chips or that vada pav, indulge yourself in nutritious meals that are high in protein and superfood nourishment like soups. The one minute instant soups are the ideal evening healthy snack as they are convenient to make, healthy and filling. These days you even get soups that have 4X* protein compared to regular soups. Moreover, as the chilly days continue, soups do create a nourishing option to keep you warm and agile thereby making it the perfect snacking option in the evenings
DON’T JUST SIT THERE
Considering that many of us have desk work, we tend to spend a lot of time sitting and as per studies, sitting for over 9 hours a day could conjure up a lot of health risks. Sitting is the new smoking. So get moving. Take a break between your mails, backto-back meetings, work calls and indulge yourself for a stroll for at least 5 minutes after every 30 mins. This will help you concentrate more, boost your mood and help you avoid those muscle cramps.
With the amount of stress that keeps building up, it’s no wonder you feel so bogged down with work. It is important to start your day with a positive mindset and filled with energy. Try to take criticism as constructive feedback. Ensure your work place is a fun place and not a war zone that tends to surround you with negativity. Find your source of happiness in the little things like a completion of a task or a compliment from the boss.
PLAY SOME GAMES
As soon as you see those shoulders drop and eyes droopy, it is high time to play a few games. Call it a fun team bonding session or stress-busting games, there are various means to ensure a fun time. One of the best ways to club fitness and entertainment together is to go to an indoor adventure and a trampoline park. It surely will help you release stress.