BE­WARE OF DESK DAN­GERS

STEP AWAY FROM THE LOLLY JAR! TH­ESE OC­CU­PA­TIONAL HAZARDS COULD BE PUTTING YOUR HEALTH AT RISK, BUT THERE ARE SOME SIM­PLE WAYS TO GET BAL­ANCE BACK

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Gold Coast Eye - - FEATURE -

Why is it that most days we ar­rive at work full of en­ergy and de­ter­mi­na­tion, but leave at the end of the day feel­ing like we’ve been hit by a bus and lack­ing any mo­ti­va­tion to go to the gym? Most peo­ple spend be­tween eight to 12 hours of their day at work, so if you’re not cre­at­ing a healthy en­vi­ron­ment for your­self, you are most likely dam­ag­ing your pro­duc­tiv­ity and per­for­mance, as well as your long-term well­be­ing. Th­ese tips should help:

EX­ER­CISE BE­FORE WORK

This is ab­so­lutely cru­cial and will al­most sin­gle­hand­edly im­prove your health, your fit­ness and your out­look on the day. Ex­er­cis­ing be­fore work not only elim­i­nates any chance of you skip­ping a ses­sion af­ter work, but it also pro­duces en­dor­phins within the brain, which leads to im­proved men­tal clar­ity, en­ergy pro­duc­tion and work per­for­mance.

AVOID THE LOLLY JAR

Most work­places have them, and who doesn’t love a free sweet? But, be­fore you grab a hand­ful of M&Ms, think about this: con­sum­ing sugar (par­tic­u­larly pro­cessed sugar found in sweets) not only in­creases the chance of stor­ing body fat, but it also in­creases the chance of that af­ter­noon en­ergy crash, de­creas­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity within 30 min­utes.

“WE WEREN’T DE­SIGNED TO BE SIT­TING ALL DAY, IN FACT, QUITE THE OP­PO­SITE.”

KEEP MOV­ING

I rec­om­mend that ev­ery 30-60 min­utes you get up from your desk and walk around, or stretch for a minute or two. This im­proves blood cir­cu­la­tion through­out the body and de­creases your chance of work­place-re­lated in­jury — lower back pain and shoul­der pain are very com­mon symp­toms for those work­ing at desks.

TAKE YOUR OWN MEALS TO WORK

As the say­ing goes, fail­ing to pre­pare is pre­par­ing to fail. By get­ting healthy meals ready the night be­fore you elim­i­nates the chance of con­sum­ing that “healthy’’ B.L.A.T sand­wich that the can­teen of­fers down­stairs. You know the one that comes with a free cookie on the side?

STAND UP

For­tu­nately a lot more com­pa­nies and busi­nesses are un­der­stand­ing the im­por­tance of em­ployee health, con­tribut­ing to the pop­u­lar­ity of sit/stand desks. If you have the op­tion of get­ting one of th­ese desks, do your­self a mas­sive favour and take it up. We weren’t de­signed to be sit­ting all day, in fact, quite the op­po­site. Sit­ting should only be used to rest for a short pe­riod of time. The more we sit the higher the chance of lower back in­jury, heart dis­ease, di­a­betes and poor health in gen­eral.

DRINK MORE WA­TER, LESS COF­FEE

Many peo­ple rely on cof­fee to get them through their work­days. While it might give you a morn­ing boost, too much cof­fee can cause the jit­ters and make it more dif­fi­cult to fo­cus. Ex­ces­sive in­take can also in­ter­fere with get­ting a good night’s sleep. Try to limit cof­fee to morn­ings only and for ev­ery cup, make sure your next drink is wa­ter. Not only will it keep you hy­drated, it may help you cut down on your caf­feine in­take.

JOEL BRAD­FORD

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