Why Nutrition is Important When you work a Desk Job
It seems that there is a constant drawback that comes as a price for progress. For instance, we have better health and cleanliness standards but you still have to take time out of your day, possibly every day to take a bath, brush your teeth and comb your hair when you could be doing other things. Kids can use computers even faster and more competently than their parents. This can be good for their future careers, but bad for the parents who have a harder time controlling what their kid gets access to. But, the biggest example of a drawback that comes as a price of progress is that we have more jobs that give us a chance to do tasks faster and more efficiently in an office, only to have it cost us our health.
Being an office worker is a deadly career move. Just as deadly as being a stuntman or an acrobat. However, instead of running the risk of an accidental fall or decapitation, the sort of risks involved are slow building, chronic, and lifelong. Office work, for the most part, is sedentary work. It requires little motion compared to other jobs and what motion it does involve is enough to kill your fine motor skills and hand motion for the rest of your life.
So, what can you do to counteract or delay the inevitable effects of working a desk job? Exercise, and good nutrition. That answer might sound simplistic, almost on par with cheesy anti-drug PSAs from the 1980’s but there is some validity to this sort of statement. While it is important for everyone to practice good nutrition, it’s doubly important when you work a desk job. Why? I’ll explain.
Good Nutrition Keeps Obesity in Check
We are learning more and more about what causes obesity, and what has been making the epidemic grow. As we know it today, obesity is a chronic disease that is both a byproduct of genetics and environmental encouragement. When your body feels like it is deprived of nutrients, it believes that it is being starved to death, so it hoards all the fat it can until that storm passes. Then, when it does get the adequate nutrition it needs, it will take a while to adjust then burn that stored excess energy.
When you are overweight, it is technically unhealthy but it is not considered deadly. Obesity, however, gets to deadly levels quick, especially when fat cells start appearing around your organs, like your heart, liver, and arteries. When these things are blocked off by fat or any other element, it would be harder for the organs to distribute the oxygen you need for your body. Not to mention that if you were to gain excess weight that you have more mass, making it take longer for your bloodstream to circulate all the way through and distribute oxygen.
Why Do Nutrition and Exercise Work?
Moving around already gets your body in better shape, but if you work at a job that isn’t conducive to moving around, then the last thing you need is to add pressure to your body by eating fatty and sugary foods that will add to your weight. And we know its not your fault that you can’t move around on the job. Each company sets their own policy that is suited to their own financial interests and you might work so many hours that you can’t find the time that you need to go to a gym, especially when you have other commitments to things like school, family, and other important things.
However, fruits, vegetable, whole grains, and lean meat has a cocktail of nutrients your digestive system, and by extension, your body, needs in order to function properly, and if you have those in your system more often than you do fast food, you will have a better chance of at least delaying the process of obesity. And while it isn’t the perfect or ideal scenario, it is certainly a feasible one.
Good Nutrition Prevents Inflammation and Arthritis
Another health risk that comes at the price of working a well-paying office job is the risk of muscle inflammation and arthritis. Repetitive motion can be the worst for your wrists, and that office chair does no favors for your back or your knees either. This is where nutrition can come in. Brightly colored fruits and vegetables, such as bell peppers, pumpkins, tangerines, and papayas all have a micronutrient called carotenoids. An article at Harvard stated this best, “Some studies suggest that diets rich in carotenoids decrease inflammation. A small Swedish study of rheumatoid arthritis sufferers who ate a Mediterranean diet (including lots of vegetables and fruits) for three months found that it reduced inflammation and enhanced joint function. Aim for seven to nine servings of fruits and vegetables per day.”
This sort of nutrition and moving around will do wonders to keep your joints in check and keep you out of pain for a longer time.
It is a lot of work, but the payoff is a longer life. And all you need to do is to utilize your creative problem-solving skills you wrote down on your resume. Are you a picky eater? Experiment with other ethnic foods! Do you think exercise is torture? Try something that doesn’t remind you of P.E. like swimming! Did you binge and hate yourself over it? Be kind to yourself and move on. You cant berate yourself for every failure, nor can you give up just because of one bad meal. Be consistent and you will do great in both your job and your life!