12 Ways a Desk Job can Harm Your Body
A desk job is all most working women have these days. Due to the advancement of technology, less and less manual labor is being required in almost every field. And so, people who basically oversee, manage and supervise are more in demand. And those are the kinds of jobs people are getting these days. Seldom would a job require you to run, jump or indulge in any physical activity whatsoever. Of course, many of us find it relieving. After all, you are behind closed doors, in an air conditioned environment and at your desk doing your job without having to run around for anything. It may be convenient, but it definitely is not good for you. Research has shown that sitting down for a prolonged duration can cause more harm to your body than smoking. In fact, if you have a job where you just have to sit down in front of a computer for long hours, the chances of you dying young are greater than someone who runs around a lot and smokes packs of cigarettes every day. Sitting down affects your body is more ways than one. Listed below are the top 12 ways a desk job can harm your body.
1. Exposure to pollution
According to a study, the air inside an office is almost 100 times more polluted than air outside. The reason being that you are constantly exposed to a number of unhealthy gases, harmful chemicals, toxic particles and disease causing bacteria and mold which is everywhere in the office air that you breathe. If you have a desk job, this is the air that you are inhaling day after day.
2. Lung disease
The copy machines and the printers that you have in your office may be very helpful, but they are also causing harm to your body slowly. These machines give out harmful ozone gases which, even in very small quantities, can cause irritation and chest pain. When these particles enter your bloodstream, they can lead to lung disease.
3. Cardiovascular problems
Research has shown that working long hours at office, especially sitting at the desk continuously throughout, increases the risk of heart diseases and other cardiovascular ailments by almost 60%.
4. Reproductive health
If you have the habit of sitting with your laptop on your lap, you should stop immediately. The heat from your laptop is very harmful for your body. It can not only cause skin problems, but can also adversely affect your reproductive organs.
5. Eye strain
Staring at the computer screen continuously can cause serious harm to your vision. Your eyes are repeatedly focusing on the image or text you are looking at, and the various other things on the screen which are moving non-stop. You may also experience migraine and headaches due to this kind of eye strain.
When you are seated at one place, you are continuously exposed to the brightness of the computer screen as well as the bright lights in your office. This over illumination harms your eye and it also disrupts your body clock. This can cause high blood pressure and fatigue, along with serious headache.