Surviving a Desk Job

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Contents of this Article don’t advise or share ideas on Boss Handling, Appraisals, Increment, Loan Repayment (or doing away with it). 

The Nine to Six time bound working hours, deadline expectations, performance benchmark, appraisal stress, add to it your sedentary lifestyle; modern day office jobs are sucking the life out of you- Literally. If you are someone who spends majority of the day sitting in front of computer screen (which I feel you do), you know what I am referring too. From printers to supervisors a typical office tends to bite you with evert passing minute. Lower back pain, wrist pain, carpal tunnel syndrome (I just had it from typing messaging), tight neck, lack of mobility and the list goes on and on in the category of desk health hazards.

What can we do to counteract this office life we have to live?

  1. Exercise

Nothing new in this point I get it, but the basics of healthy lifestyle is exercising. While working in a desk job we are sitting for nothing less than 3/4th of our waking hours. Lack of movement slows down body metabolism, reducing the amount of food that is converted to energy and thus creating a Fat deposit. While we work on the same routine for long we tend to create a FAT deposit SIP which pays due dividends, generous dividends we hate all the time. Fat deposition leads to obesity, and a litany of ills like heart diseases, arthritis, blood pressure, joint pains which come along with obesity. Ironically the society we live in tends to associate obesity with eating habits overlooking the individual lifestyle habits. We need to realign our thoughts towards our weight and look at it from a lifestyle angle rather than a food sin.

While exercising holds true essence for a healthy lifestyle, make sure not to imitate people for whom Fitness is a profession. A 100 Kilo bench press suits those preparing  for Tokyo 2020, not for ones preparing for next month projections.

Surely not a workout for working professionals!!!

       2. Set your work-space right

If you are like me working in a desk job than you must be working, eating, shopping, dating; literally living 90% of your life in that office chair. We are talking about nothing less than 10-12 awake hours of a day. And yet those sitting hours are often spent in furniture that is either too low, too high, or we are slouching, or bending our neck. Impostures like these might not send us in a fight or flight mode but gradually these all mistakes end up in nasty stuff. Create a desk where your shoulders are relaxed, forearms parallel to the ground, monitor in line of your eyesight or a little lower, shoulders pulled back.

This picture will give you an idea of workstation ergonomics.

 

  1. Don’t play the freeze game

Sitting for lengthy periods is terrible for your body. Aches and pains are least of your problem-it can lead to serious performance issues in personal and professional life. The best plan for prolonged spinal health is to consistently alter your posture while working long hours. Make a habit of moving around every hour, while stretching your neck and spine to relax them. Short breaks during work hours not only help the body physically relax but also helps the brain to rejuvenate and gather thoughts. Stretch out your limbs and step away from the desk physically for a complete and total break.

  1. Ditch Eating Al-Desko

We are the prisoners of our own environment. The urge of social media often leaves us sitting in front of a computer screen scrolling through Facebook feed during our lunch hours. Historically lunch hours were said to be a break. A break to reconnect with other employees, relish home-cooked food and to take a breather. Eating at your desk or while commuting is related to over eating and may out pounds on your waistline. While indulging in other things if you indulge in food you tend to stay hungry and eat more.

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Manu-Arora

Hi!! I am a full-time health and fitness blogger living in Delhi, India. Somehow I made my passion for fitness inculcated into my Work Profile. My goal with my blog and videos is to enable your passion for healthy management of Work-Life Balance.

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