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.

2 comments:

  1. I just wanted to tell you that I really like the name of your blog. :)

    Also - I completely agree that sitting for an extended period of time is bad on your back. You can feel this.

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  2. Thanks Laura. I had a desk job for over three years and I occasionally still feel the consequences.

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