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Ways your office is making you sick

The Active Times Logo By Holly Van Hare of The Active Times | Slide 1 of 16: Working an office jobis unavoidable in some professions. Whether you like it or not, you might have to spend at least eight hours a day chained to a desk. No matter how comfortable your chair, sitting and staring at a screen for most of your waking hours is going to take its toll. It can affect you in the usual ways you’d expect (back pain, carpal tunnel, etc.), but it also has effects on your body that you might not feel right away. Your risk of certain diseases, for instance, can increase when you spend most days at a desk. You may also become exposed to more germs and have a higher risk of getting sick.There are, of course, some things you can do to improve your situation. Taking care of your mental health is paramount, since poor mental health raises your risk of certain other conditions. Additionally, you could invest in a standing desk to mitigate the time you spend sitting, take walks periodically throughout the workday, and stay hydrated by keeping a water bottle at your desk at all times. With those tools and others in mind, it’s still important to be aware of the ways your office is making you sick.

Ways Your Office Is Making You Sick

Working an office jobis unavoidable in some professions. Whether you like it or not, you might have to spend at least eight hours a day chained to a desk. No matter how comfortable your chair, sitting and staring at a screen for most of your waking hours is going to take its toll. It can affect you in the usual ways you’d expect (back pain, carpal tunnel, etc.), but it also has effects on your body that you might not feel right away. Your risk of certain diseases, for instance, can increase when you spend most days at a desk. You may also become exposed to more germs and have a higher risk of getting sick.

There are, of course, some things you can do to improve your situation. Taking care of your mental health is paramount, since poor mental health raises your risk of certain other conditions. Additionally, you could invest in a standing desk to mitigate the time you spend sitting, take walks periodically throughout the workday, and stay hydrated by keeping a water bottle at your desk. With those tools and others in mind, it’s still important to be aware of the ways your office is making you sick. Click on the slideshow above to learn more.

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