The lifestyle of working 9 am to 5 pm could be causing serious damage to your body! Nearly everyone has to work, but did you know work could be why you are unhealthy? Often, workers are gaining weight and living with increased amounts stress!
Have you gained five pounds or more in weight since starting your job? According to a survey hosted in 2014 in the United States, over forty percent of workers admit to gaining weight since starting their current job. Sound bad?
This is only half of the picture! Also, nearly sixty percent who took the survey admit to gaining more than ten pounds. This is followed by over one-fourth of the participants stating they have gained more than twenty pounds!
So, what are the “Top 8 Ways Your Work is Unhealthy?”
1. Starting Early, Staying Late
For individuals who start their day early and end it late at work, they are more likely to eat unhealthy foods during the day and to eat closer to bedtime. According to Nutrition Research, individuals who eat closer to bedtime have an increased chance of consuming more calories for the day. The quality of sleep for these individuals can also be lacking in quality.
2. Sitting for Longer Periods
Sitting at work for longer periods of time can significantly impact your overall health. Sitting for long periods of time causes the metabolism to slow down and contributes to weight gain. For most individuals who work sitting 45-65 hours per week, they only move around 25% of the time. One way to counter the ill effects of sitting all day is to work in as many two-minute walking breaks as possible.
3. Eating Take Out Foods Regularly
Fast food is easily convenient, especially when working full time in a busy society. It is so easy to order takeout food and eat less healthy foods on a regular basis when working 40 hours or more per week. One study found the more take out options which are available close to work, the more likely a person will gain weight.
4. Skipping Nutrition
On the flip side, skipping lunch due to the workload can also have a negative effect on health. Individuals who skip meals likely eat huge meals later in the day to make up for their huge hunger. During the times of skipping meals, muscle mass can be affected (decreased). During times of eating large amounts of calories, the body will ship the extra calories to the hips and abdomen.
5. Giving in to Stress
Work can be very stressful for the body. According to the American Journal of Epidemiology, individuals who experience high levels of work stress are more likely to be inactive during non-working times. The Univ. of Rochester also found people who have high levels of stress at work are more likely to do activities such as watching television and other relaxing undertakings after a long day.
6. Working Elevators
Elevators are a great option for those who are running late! But, taking the elevator on a regular basis does not in any way improve health. Accomplishing so many errands up and down elevators is great for the mental health, but lacking for pure physical health.
7. Working Nights & Weekends
Working nights and weekends is not healthy for individuals. According to the Proceedings of the Natl. Acad. Of Sciences, employees who work evening hours are more likely to gain weight as compared to those who work day time hours. Other studies suggest night time workers burn fewer calories overall.
8. Afternoon Coffee Break
Many workers hit a slump in the day after 2 pm. The first thing many tend to think of is drinking a cup of coffee. Coffee can provide a great pick-me up, but beware taking in too much caffeine can cause increased fat storage, according to the Journl. Of Agriculture & Food Chemistry. Increased amounts of caffeine can also create insulin resistance within the body.