How to Remain Healthy When Working on a PC 8-12 Hours per Day
Working at a computer all day can have serious, and long term, effects on your health, but with a few tips you can remain healthy.
Get a Stand Up Desk
The human body was not designed to sit all day, or for extended periods of time. Not only will sitting reduce your metabolism, studies have shown that prolonged sitting can reduce your lifespan, can increase your risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes, give you chronic pain and increase your chances of becoming obese. Exercises alone does not counteract these bad effects. Getting a stand up desk can have the biggest effect on your health.
Move Around, A Lot
Even if you’re standing up all day it’s not the same thing as moving around. Your body needs movement. Experts typically suggest that for every hour of work you should spend at least five minutes moving around. This can be as simple as going around to get a drink of water.
Drink Lots of Water
Water keeps you hydrated and cleans toxins out of your body. Studies have also shown that drinking water shortly before eating a meal can reduce the amount of food you eat. Since working at a desk all day slows your metabolism, reducing the amount you eat at lunch can help keep your weight in check.
Keep Your Desk, Keyboard, and Mouse Clean
Offices are inherently dirty places. Germs, viruses, and filthy air are the rule, not the exception. By regularly cleaning your desk, keyboard, mouse, and phone you can greatly reduce your risk of exposure to potentially contagious viruses and bacteria.
Don’t Eat At Your Desk
It’s better not to eat at the office in general (see the last tip). Not only will you reduce the risk of ingesting viruses from your desk, it gives you the chance to get out of the office, unwind, and get some sunlight.