As technology has made our lives easier, we find more and more of our jobs to be behind desks on computers, phones and doing paperwork. Sadly, sitting for prolonged periods of time has had negative effects on employee health. Studies have shown
that the decrease in physical activity in the workplace has contributed the rise in the obesity epidemic. A 14-year study conducted by the American Cancer Society
concluded that those who sit for greater than 6 hours per day had a higher mortality rate than those who sat less. "Prolonged time spent sitting, independent of physical activity, has been shown to have important metabolic consequences, and may influence things like triglycerides, high density lipoprotein, cholesterol, fasting plasma glucose, resting blood pressure, and leptin, which are biomarkers of obesity and cardiovascular and other chronic diseases," said Dr. Alpa Patel,
the study’s leader. Recently, a NJ Worker's Comp court ruled
that prolonged sitting was to blame for an obese woman's death by a blood clot. Prolonged sitting from desk jobs is also related to chronic neck and low back pain.
Is there any hope? Of course there is! Read on and this guide will give you simple and easy tips
to combat the detrimental effects of a sedentary job.