SAN RAMON, Calif., March 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- They say sitting is the new smoking. That may sound odd, but it's true. Prolonged sitting can lead to higher chances of heart disease, depression, and obesity. And to make it worse, millions of Americans sit for most of the day. In fact, adults sit for an average of 12 hours a day, from driving, eating, and working at a computer. Also, those eight-plus hours in front of a computer can have other health consequences. Financial Education Benefits Center (FEBC), a membership benefits company offering health and financial wellness resources, recommends evaluating computer use and sitting habits and considering making changes.
"Spending long periods of time on a computer has become a daily routine for so many Americans," said Jennifer Martinez, Manager at FEBC. "It's scary to hear that sitting is so bad for your health, but at the same time it can be hard to know what to do about that when our jobs require us to sit at a computer all day."
Uninterrupted computer use usually involves prolonged sitting, staring at the computer screen, and poor posture. It's common for computer users to complain of body aches and pains, especially in the back and wrists, and headaches from eye strain. Minor irritations can progress into chronic pain and more serious conditions, like carpal tunnel syndrome, if not addressed proactively.
Thankfully, small, simple changes can greatly improve health despite constant computer use. Standing up and moving every half hour will get the blood flowing and combat the sitting disease. Anyone needing a reason to take a stroll should refrain from grabbing a snack, unless healthy snacks are part of the daily calorie intake. Instead, individuals can use short walks to walk to coworkers' desks to ask questions in person. They can also grab some water or simply do some stretches at their desk.
Between strolls or stretches, individuals should focus on improving their posture, making sure to sit up straight and keep wrists in a neutral position. To address eye strain, eye experts recommend the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, individuals should focus on something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. That will exercise the eyes and reduce eye strain and headaches.
FEBC members who need some additional help or who have questions can use some benefits that put them in contact with certified doctors who can answer questions about healthy computer use. Eligible members can also get discounts on alternative medicine like massage therapy, acupuncture, and chiropractic work that can help relieve body aches associated with prolonged computer use.
"It may sound like it from headlines, but a desk job doesn't have to be a life sentence," said Martinez. "Taking just a couple minutes to stand up and move those legs can do wonders for your health. Also, if you're stuck on a problem, it can help to get up and either talk to someone about it in person or just not think about it for a few minutes. We encourage FEBC members to use our benefits to work on improving their health, especially if they spend most of the day in front of a computer."
About Financial Education Benefits Center
Financial Education Benefits Center is located in San Ramon, California. The membership company has already helped thousands save money and obtain the necessary education required to live a financially healthy life.
Financial Education Benefits Center has partnered with several name brand third-party companies to expand the financial and educational products and services available to its members and to provide a variety of wellness services as well.
To learn more about Financial Education Benefits Center, please contact:
Financial Education Benefits Center
2010 Crow Canyon Place Ste. 100
San Ramon, CA 94583
SOURCE Financial Education Benefits Center
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