Get up out of your seat for your health

IT WOULD be fair to say many of us wonder what the answer is when we ask ourselves if we live to work or work to live.

A study published in The Lancet Journal says blue-collar workers are putting their health at risk with long hours at work, sleep deprivation and no exercise.

Researchers found garbage collectors, cleaners and other manual labourers were 30% more likely to get type 2 diabetes and lack of sleep was a key factor in contracting diabetes.

Workers are at extra risk if they work more than 55 hours a week, with that leaving them almost no time to exercise or sleep.

People who work in white-collar jobs have enough money to counteract the impact of working long hours by undertaking healthy activities, the researchers say.

But there must be a message there for everyone to take the time to stop and smell the roses, so to speak.

How many of us find at the end of the day that we've spent most of it stuck in a chair transfixed by a computer monitor? It's easier said than done to go for a walk every now and then but we have to do it. It's not only good for our physical state but our mind as well. Even mild exercise is just good all round.

After all, despite what your boss says, is there really anything about your job that's worth risking your health for? You know the answer.

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