Stress for the Heart – the Workplace
November 23rd, 2017
We are among a workforce of 44 million in Germany and thereby spend the majority of our time at work.1 We sit for hours on end at our desks where we move too little, stare at the computer screen, and are chronically stressed. On top of all of this, we also often neglect our nutrition. Physical inactivity leads to a lower calorie requirement and decreased metabolism. When these negative effects are chronic, physical consequences such as tension and pain in the back, hands, or eyes arise.
What few people realize, is that the above-listed stress factors are also risk factors forcoronary heart disease. Small changes in your daily work habits can have a healthy impact on your cardiovascular system—here are a few tips for your everyday routine to get you started!
Simply integrate more movement into your daily life
1. Get off the bus/train a stop earlier or park further away from the office.
2. Ride your bike as much as possible.
3. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. You don’t have to jump right in to walking to the 20th floor! Start with the first three floors, slowly increasing this week by week.
4. Daily movement at lunch increases „good“ HDL cholesterol, decreases “bad” LDL cholesterol, and improves metabolism. This works against atherosclerosis, helps fight midday fatigue, and improves your ability to concentrate.
Improved quality of life at work