American Osteopathic Association

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Standing Up for Your Health

​Researchers have found that a sedentary life can be linked to health conditions such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and premature death - even if you exercise regularly.

“When you sit for long stretches of time, typically at work, your body stops working as effectively as it can. The more regular this routine, the higher the risk of developing health problems that are detrimental to your overall health," says Laura Rosch, DO, a n osteopathic internal medicine physician from Winfield, Illinois.

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Potential health problems from a sedentary work life can impact your mental health, cause eye strain, and lead to problems with your posture.  You may also experience weight gain, back pain and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Staying Fit During Your Workday

The average office worker is at a higher risk of early mortality due to prolonged periods of sitting at a desk. To reduce your risk factor for multiple health problems, Dr. Rosch encourages people to adopt healthier routines. 

“It doesn’t take much to improve your health. Healthy eating and exercise are the best antidotes for a sedentary lifestyle," explains Dr. Rosch. 

She suggests the following healthy tips to implement at work: 

  • Taking the stairs between meetings or taking breaks to walk the stairs for five to 10 minutes.

  • Walking to a co-worker’s desk, instead of emailing or calling.

  • Stretching at your desk every 30 minutes.

  • Biking or walking to work, or taking the long way to the train or bus stop.

​​​​Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, or DOs, look beyond your symptoms to understand how lifestyle and environmental factors affect your wellbeing. They listen and partner with you to help prevent injury and encourage your body’s natural tendency toward self-healing.

 

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