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4 Reasons Why You Need to Get Up from Your Desk

It’s happened to all of us. You sit down at your desk around 8 or 9 a.m., you answer a flurry of emails, you jump on a couple of calls, you sit down in a couple of meetings—and before you know it, you see that the clock on your computer says 3 p.m. You haven’t eaten lunch, you’ve barely left your desk, and you only took maybe one coffee break.

We all know that sitting down all day is not a good precedent to set, but do you know how bad it actually is? Here are just a few of the reasons why you need to get up from your desk at least once every hour.

Our Bodies Were Not Designed to Sit All Day

Even though a large chunk of us have jobs where we sit down at a desk all day and type on a computer, our bodies weren’t designed to sit in a desk chair all day. They were designed to move—and when you don’t, it can be hazardous to your health. When you sit all day, you burn fewer calories, you lose muscle strength, you have reduced blood circulation, have a weakened immune system, you can develop inflammation, and even develop hormonal imbalances.

You Can Develop Health Issues

If you sit all day and lead a sedentary lifestyle, it can put you at risk for several health issues including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, some types of cancer, increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, abnormal cholesterol, obesity, osteoporosis, or stroke.

You Can Injure Yourself

You may not think that having a desk job would have very high risk for an on-the-job injury, but sitting all day and working at a computer can put you at risk for developing physical strain and overuse injuries like eye strain, carpal tunnel, soreness in the neck or shoulders, or steady pain and discomfort in the muscles and tendons.

Sitting All Day Leads to Decreased Productivity

Ever had a work problem you were stuck on? Being stuck at your desk all day and not moving very much can be a big culprit of lack of creativity or ability to solve problems. Feed your brain by moving around or taking a quick walk around your office or your neighborhood if you work from home. You’d be surprised at how much of a difference it can make in your productivity.

To maximize your time at work, consider hiring a virtual assistant to handle administrative tasks like phone calls, travel bookings, client follow-up, and any other needs that may pop up from time to time.

Interested in learning more about how a virtual assistant can help you grow your small business? Call CVA toll-free today for pricing at 877-554-0333.

photo credit: plasticrevolver

Posted on October 17th, 2018 by Rachel Braam, Office Manager

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