Your Desk Job Is Slowly Killing You

The human body can be likened to a machine. Although it isn't really a machine, it is very similar. Like a machine our body consists of a number of parts that work in concert with one another in order to allow for proper functionality. It can adapt to virtually any environment or circumstance in the name of survival and be molded at will through disciplined action. However, this amazing ability of the body to adapt and acquire new skills as dictated by our brain is a double-edged sword. We can also train our body to self destruct through the acquisition of habits that lead to ailments. The upside, of course, is that our body listens to the brain, which means that we can steer our body down a good path if we so desire. For instance, sitting is a position that every body likes to be in. It's a rest position. However, it can kill you. Studies have shown that sitting for prolonged periods of time, day after day, will eventually take a toll on the body. Even if you go to the gym regularly and consider yourself an active and healthy person. How much you exercise is irrelevant. Regular exercise is, of course, a good thing, but it won't offset the amount of time you spend sitting. The scientific explanation for this is the absence of the enzyme lipoprotein lipase in the leg muscles. While sitting for a long time this enzyme's activity in our legs goes down, preventing the break down of fat in the blood. If fat isn't broken down, then our energy levels drop and fat is stored. Who would've known that a desk job can slowly kill you, right? If you're in this situation, then try increasing your non-exercise activity. Basically, be on your feet more. Take periodic breaks and walk around the office for a couple of minutes. Here are 7 easy stretches you can do every 20 to 30 minutes, 7 easy stretches.

The First Step is Acceptance

If we were meant to only live 70 to 80 years, then why do we have an innate desire to prevail and live forever? Time is borrowed and it all eventually comes to an end. Human behavior is largely linked to emotions. How we feel about a matter can be the difference between being extraordinary or ordinary. Because I choose to embrace my mortality I feel empowered to make my life matter to the very end. The first step is acceptance; you and I are not immortal. Instead of feeling sorry for the cards you've been dealt in life, you can decide at this very moment to realize that your time here is limited. Give it a chance, you may just feel empowered to change everything; starting with you.