SAN RAMON, Calif., June 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- So many jobs are sedentary today, featuring desks in rows with bright monitors under fluorescent lights. The workers at the desks are often hunched over, faces close to the screens that dominate their work existence. While switching careers may not be an option, there are things you can do to improve your health while living a sedentary lifestyle. The Financial Education Benefits Center encourages people to adopt healthy habits to improve any lifestyle by offering benefits that are sure to get sedentary workers moving and eating healthy for better work lives.
The main advice for living a healthy lifestyle is to stay active and eat healthy. Both of those are inherently lacking in a sedentary job. Workers sit for long periods of the day and often rely on unhealthy vending machine-type foods as snacks to get through the day. In fact, recent studies have shown that even regular exercise is not enough to counter all the sitting we do at work, which increases the risk of heart disease, obesity, increased blood pressure and more.
"Sitting all day staring at a computer screen definitely takes a toll," said Jennifer Martinez, Manager at FEBC. "Even on our breaks we often just go from sitting at our desk to sitting in the break room. It takes a lot of effort to break that cycle. Through fast and easy access to online health professionals, which FEBC will be rolling out soon, our members will have everything they need to break the cycle."
It may seem insurmountable, but it is possible to incorporate physical activity into your sedentary work day. Even just working on your sitting posture has health benefits. When you don't have good sitting posture, you may experience back pain or joint pain. Good sitting posture will stimulate muscles while you sit and prevent aches and pains by reducing stress on your body.
Here is some simple advice to improve your sitting posture:
- Straighten your back. The two most common chair postures are leaning forward with a curved upper back or leaning back into the chair with a curved lower back. Try straightening your spine so it is "stacked," each vertebrae stacked neatly on the next.
- Place your feet flat on the ground with your knees bent at 90 degrees. This will help you keep your spine straight as well. Crossing your legs will push your spine out of alignment and may reduce blood flow into the legs. Live Science recommends crossing your feet at the ankles if you need to change your pose.
- Keep your head up. Bending the neck to look down at a screen adds extra weight to your neck and can cause neck and shoulder pain. Stacking your head on your shoulders and keeping your shoulders in line with your hips is good practice.
Even with good posture, health professionals suggest getting regular activity. Getting up and either walking around or stretching at least once every hour is good practice. Stretching every 20 minutes in your chair has benefits as well. WebMD has a good list of desk exercises you can do anytime to incorporate some activity into your work day.
"There is no shortage of advice online for those in a sedentary job," said Martinez. "At FEBC we do the research and provide the best services all in one place for our members who need some help staying healthy in and out of work."
About the Financial Education Benefits Center
The Financial Education Benefits Center is located in San Ramon, California. The Company has already helped thousands of people save money and obtain the necessary education required to live a financially free life.
The Financial Education Benefits Center has partnered with several name brand third-party companies to expand the financial and educational products and services available to its members and to provide a variety of wellness services as well.
To learn more about the Financial Education Benefits Center, please contact:
Financial Education Benefits Center
2010 Crow Canyon Place Ste. 100
San Ramon, CA 94583
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