Is Your Desk Job Making You Sick?

June 29, 2010  |  

Your desk job may be may be a royal pain in more ways than you thought.

The Huffington Post has a story on how a sedentary work life can impact your health.

Sharon Gavin used to spend all day on her feet. Now she has a full-time desk job — and the transition has been a painful one.

In 2002, after 12 years as a nurse, Gavin took a new job that requires her to spend the bulk of her day in front of a computer screen. The switch to a more sedentary work life has left her with nerve pain in her neck, back and left shoulder.

“This is too much sitting; that was too much standing,” says Gavin, 57, a patient safety specialist at a pharmaceutical company in Wilmington, Delaware.

Gavin’s problems aren’t uncommon. The hazards of sitting all day long — whether you’re staring at a computer screen at work or watching TV on the couch at home — are better understood now than ever. In recent years, researchers have linked too much sitting to back pain, repetitive stress injuries, obesity and even an increased risk of diabetes and heart disease.

Read the rest of the story at the HuffPo.

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