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Sitting incorrectly for long periods can cause health risks

For many people in Denver, working in front of a computer or sitting in a chair is how they spend most of their eight-hour work days. This also means that many people are at risk for sitting incorrectly or at a station that is not ergonomically set-up, which could cause injury, pain or health conditions.

Though it may appear to be an easier way to work, studies are showing that sitting all day can lead to occupational disease or increased health risks, some of which could lead to death.

Improving desk posture can help, according to some experts. People who sit at desks should try to keep their joints at 90 degree angles in order to prevent against injury. Though this is the ideal, some people are unable to do so because their employers have not provided them with an adequate workspace.

Getting out of the chair and either standing or walking short distances, however, is the best way to combat potential health issues and occupational disease. Taking the stairs instead of an elevator is an easy step to make sure movement is a part of the daily routine. Unfortunately, not all bosses are ok with employees taking frequent breaks to walk around the office. Many Denver employees may be concerned that they are too busy to look out for their health.

It is also important to have some support for the lower back. While many chairs now include lower back supports, many employees may be responsible for providing their own. Without one, a worker could need to use a chiropractor or face more serious back injury.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Sitting All Day? Head-To-Toe Tips For A Healthier Workstation," Sarah Klein, May 30, 2012

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