Staying Healthy in a Sedentary Time


Although many people have careers that grant freedom of movement, like construction workers or trade professionals, many more are consigned to offices everywhere. It can be extremely difficult to stay healthy when such behaviour is encouraged on a daily basis. Fortunately, there are several ways that even the most immobile professionals can stay healthy.

Supplementary items like Vitamin C tablets, fish oil or Morlife greens powder can all contribute to an increased standard of health. Given the proper application as recommended by a medical professional or consultant, they can improve quality of life substantially. However, without such a recommendation you could inadvertently be exposing yourself to needless expense. The Sydney Morning Herald published a piece in 2016 interviewing a variety of doctors and health scientists warning of their improper application. “You need vitamins to live,” began Dr Paul Offit from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, “ the question is, do you get enough in food? And I think the answer to that question is yes.” Dr David Seres from the American Council on Science and Health came to a similar conclusion in 2014, taking the notion to a greater extent. In the case of supplements with a toxicity component, high dosages can lead to net health detriments. Vitamin A, for instance, can cause liver failure in high doses. So, although these things can be helpful, it pays to remember and fully understand exactly what it is you’re consuming with the aid of a medical professional or consultant.

Another way to keep healthy is something that seems obvious, but illusive all the same: healthy snacks. Office buildings and even the western world at large is rife with unhealthy dietary temptations full of nutritionally deficient foods. Something as simple as an apple late morning is full of Vitamin C and won’t leave you feeling hungry or feel the need to snack further. There’s a reason that old adage about fending off doctors with apples exists.

Walking is an activity that’s easy to discount as legitimate exercise. In an era where gyms, treadmills and jogs are the socially accepted norms of exercise, just simple walking is still fantastic for your health. Just 30 minutes each day can increase cardiovascular fitness, lead to stronger bones and improved balance. With this in mind, you can practically get those 30 minutes in anywhere if you’re mindful about taking stairs, walking to and from work or even just to social events on the weekends. The thing is, this can all be done in addition to a more extensive workout at some other point in the day. Our species has been running and walking for two million years, ranging back to our shared ancestors on the plains of Africa. It’s incredible that such a simple thing to us can have such extensive benefits for us all. No matter who you are, you’ll certainly be able to benefit from a bit more walking in your life. Combined with the other pieces of advice previously mentioned, you’ll be well on your way to improved health and well-being, even in a sedentary occupation.

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