Introduction to Cardiovascular Disease
Cardiovascular disease is one of the biggest killers of otherwise healthy people. It tends to affect people more as they get older, but adults of all ages can be affected. Not only can it cause a premature death, but it can also lead to a decrease in the quality of life. People with the condition will likely have less energy, have difficulty concentrating and generally just not get as much out of life as other people.
An Avoidable Disease
One of the saddest things about cardiovascular disease is that it is so often unavoidable. While it is sometimes down to factors that we have little control over, it is more often down to the decisions we make in life. These are mainly what we eat and how much exercise we get or, more to the point, don’t get.
It is understandable, however, that a lot of people make the choices they do because time is often so limited for them. With commitments such as working, taking care of the family and home chores, it often seems as though we barely have any time in the day to even think about exercising.
The problem can be compounded for people that work in offices because they are likely to spend most of their day sitting in front of a computer screen. Some people have more active jobs that allow them to get some amount of exercise as a matter of course.
That does not mean to say the people that are busy and have office jobs are defenceless against cardiovascular disease, however. There are some steps that can be taken to help get you in good health.
Too much stress can be an unhealthy strain on the cardiovascular system. It can even be unhealthy to the point of being a risk to their lives. In a world where targets must be met, however, individuals are often placed under a lot of pressure to perform.
For whatever reason, some office workers can be under pressure from their managers, from their peers and even from their families. They might end up working long hours in order to try and meet targets, but this is not always fruitful.
Companies should do what they can to help prevent too much pressure being placed on individuals. There should also be clear systems in place that allows staff to speak with somebody if they feel that their workload is too much for them to handle. Bear in mind also that anybody working under stress is likely to be less productive than those that are not, even if they are working a lot of hours.
If a business does recognise that a member of staff is under stress, they should at least be encouraged to try and take things easy. Spending some time and money, if needed, on ensuring the well-being of staff is likely to turn out to be beneficial for a company in the long-term.
When working in an office, people tend to spend long periods sitting in the same place. This is often necessary, after all you need to be seated to be working on paperwork or at a computer. Studies have shown, however, that sitting in the same place for a long time can be very dangerous to our health. Indeed, it can increase our chances of developing heart disease and other potentially dangerous conditions.
Staff should be encouraged to take breaks occasionally and go for a walk, or even exercise. There are also certain exercises that can be done while sitting at a desk and this can help to get the cardiovascular system flowing.
Overall, there are various steps that business can take to help keep their staff as safe from cardiovascular disease as possible. It is also in the best interests of companies to do so because a healthy team is also a productive team. Contact Fit4Work to learn more.