The only real tangible benefit of sitting all day in front of a computer at work is that you get a paycheck as a result, right?
Even though you may know that sitting for long periods of time is not ideal, the bigger mystery is exactly what your office job is actually doing to your body and health.
Sitting for long periods of time is actually associated with higher mortality rates and multiple health issues, according to Scientific American.
Here are 10 specific ways that sitting all day in front of your computer is harmful for your health:
1) Poor posture can lead to musculoskeletal pain.
Women, especially those with larger busts, have higher amounts of torque and stress to their spines. That make it difficult to maintain upright postures while working at a desk job, according to Armia Abdo, a physical therapist, owner and clinical director of Coury & Buehler Physical Therapy, Irvine. This difficulty will lead to quicker fatigue and eventually loss of proper posture.
2) Poor posture can lead to hormonal changes.
The stress hormone cortisol can increase in production, while testosterone may drop when the body has poor posture, according to Abdo. These hormonal changes in turn affect the brain — the position of your body can affect your mind and how you function.
3) Neck pain is a common concern for people with desk jobs.
Unfortunately, Abdo notes that neck pain can in turn lead to headaches, excessive curves in the mid-spine and lower end of the neck. Some workers may even end up with a hump, or appear to be hunched over.
4) Breathing problems can be associated with poor posture.
See a pattern? Poor posture can cause so many issues, if left untreated. Poor posture limits the mobility of the lungs to expand and limits oxygen intake, which results in fatigue and concentration difficulties, according to Abdo.
5) Sitting for long periods of time can lead to weight gain.
Obesity, along with several other health issues, is associated with sitting all day at a job.