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Switch between standing and sitting in the job

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Change attitudes often in the job

Those who work in the office spend most of the day in the same posture in front of the computer. But truck drivers or hairdressers rarely change their attitudes at work. All too often, areas of the body tense up so much that muscular symptoms are the result. For example, back pain takes first place among the illness-related absences of employees. But other complaints such as neck pain, fat legs, shoulder stinging and upper arm pain can also be a result of unnatural, incorrect posture.


Exercise and fresh air are important in the job Many people hardly move at all in the job or do the same exercise over and over again. A lack of movement or one-sided movement often causes problems with the back, arms and legs as well as numerous other complaints that can be attributed to incorrect posture. Anette Wahl-Wachendorf from the Association of German Company and Company Doctors in Germany (VDBW) explained to the news agency "dpa" how working people can prevent low back pain and the like.

Due to the same movement patterns as, for example, typing on the keyboard and clicking with the mouse, certain muscles are permanently overloaded, while others at the same time shrivel because they are not used at all. The VDBW expert therefore advises professionals to consciously change their posture more often in order to prevent one-sided unhealthy stress and illness. A hairdresser, who usually works standing up, can deliberately shave some customers' hair while sitting. A truck driver and people who worked in the office should cycle to work to compensate for long periods of sitting. According to Wahl-Wachendorf, every working person should have moved in different ways at the end of the working day.

Fresh air is also important. This is especially true for people who work in closed rooms without natural light and fresh air. The expert advises that you go outdoors during your lunch break. It is good for the immune system and the psyche.

Many companies have also reacted in the meantime and offer their employees discounted gym memberships, the use of a company-owned training room or courses such as tai chi or yoga - sometimes even during working hours.

Long sitting shortens lifespan According to US researchers, extensive sitting activities are not only bad for posture, they also shorten lifespan by around two years on average. As the team led by Peter Katzmarzyk from Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Louisiana State University and I-Min Lee from Harvard Medical School in Boston reported in the British Medical Journal in July last year, the results of their investigation showed that maximum sitting time less than three hours a day and limiting television viewing to less than two hours a day increased life expectancy from birth in the United States by approximately 2.0 and 1.4 years, respectively. For their study, the researchers used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).

As the scientists went on to report, long periods of sitting have an even greater impact on life expectancy than health risk factors such as overweight (obesity). It would be estimated that obesity would shorten life expectancy at birth in the United States by 0.30 to 1.08 years. When roughening it is 2.5 years. (ag)


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