Research shows more people could be suffering "Death by Desk"

It turns out your work may be hazardous to your health.

New research shows sitting at your desk all day could be killing you, and if you think you are covered because you hit the gym, think again.

Sitting for hours at a time can reverse those benefits.

At Skanska, an international project development and construction company, each day starts with stretching and flexing, rather than coffee and donuts.

Senior Director for Business Development Deborah Ippolito leads the morning routine.

She says, "We all have a tendency to sit at our desks all day long. We stretch, we get energized in our bodies."

New research shows people who sit at their desk all day are at an increased risk for obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, even an early death. One study from the American Cancer Society showed people who sat more than 6 hours a day were at least 18 percent more likely to die than those who sat less than three hours a day.

That is why Dr. Michael Roizen is taking steps to combat the problem with a treadmill desk at work.

If that's not an option, here are some tips to keep your desk from killing you.

First, get moving. Do not send emails when you can deliver the message. Stand up when you take a phone call, and when you take a break, get outside and take a walk.

Other things to look out for include your eyes.

Karin Mora cannot help but stare intensely at her work computer.

She says, "You focus so much on what you're reading that you don't think to blink."

To beat the strain that can lead to headaches and blurred vision, take blink breaks to give your eyes a rest, lowering your risk of "Death by Desk".

A new study of how Americans work shows that as we have made the move to desk jobs, we have become less active, leading to obesity and other health issues.

The study found that 80 percent of jobs are classified as sedentary, compared to 50 percent in 1960.

Experts say taking mini breaks every 30 minutes is the best way to keep your blood flowing and reduce your risk of disease.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

WHAT IS PHYSICAL INACTIVITY? Physical activity is bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that requires energy expenditure. Physical inactivity is responsible for 6 percent of deaths worldwide and is estimated to the be the main cause for approximately 21 to 25 percent of breast and colon cancers, 27 percent of diabetes and about 30 percent of ischemic heart disease. (SOURCE: www.who.int)

BENEFITS
* Weight control
* Reduces risk of cardiovascular disease
* Strengthens bones and muscles
* Improves mental health and mood
* Reduces risk for type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome
(SOURCE: www.cdc.gov)

RECOMMENDATIONS: It is suggested that children ages 5 to 17 should partake in at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous-intensity physical activity daily through play, sports, games, physical education and even chores. For adults, ages 18 to 65 years old, at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise through out the week, or at least 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity through the week, or a combination of both. Examples of physical activity include walking, dancing, gardening, hiking and biking. For adults older than 65 years old, the amount of recommended physical activity is the same as the 18 to 65 year old age group. Physical activity improves balance in older adults and prevents falls.


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