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DVT: the hidden cost of sitting at a desk all day

DVT: the hidden cost of sitting at a desk all day It is certainly widely known that the very serious condition Deep Vein Thrombosis is a risk associated with sitting on cramped planes on long-haul flights but what is perhaps less well known is that you don't have to be stuck on a plane to get struck down with the dreaded DVT. In fact being sat down at a desk for extended periods of time can also lead to DVT as well as a host of other health problems.

The problem many of us have is that our job, the thing which puts food on the table and a roof over our head, basically requires us to be sat at a desk slaving away for 8 hours a day or more. In fact these days it is increasingly more than eight hours as the cost of living rises and salaries fail to keep pace. Besides being sat down all day at work, many of us come home and sit in front of our computers to catch up on facebook, do some tweeting, write a few emails, randomly browse the web and perhaps play online games or read the news etc etc. The end result is even more hours every day sat down at a desk which on top of the 8+ hours at work, soon amounts to a significant portion of our waking lives and is subsequently and unsurprisingly very detrimental to our health.  

But what can we do to resolve this serious health issue without changing our jobs and lifestyles? Fortunately there are things we can do to help reduce the risk and improve our well-being without being fired or going to live in a Yurt on the steppes with nothing but a bad tempered Yak for comfort and entertainment.

The simplest thing we can do is to just get up off our increasingly corpulent behinds every hour or so and walk around for a few minutes to stretch the old legs and get the blood circulating again. Remembering to actually do this can be somewhat problematic when we are deeply engrossed in work or facebook but it is important that we do it. A simple Pomodoro timer can help remind us when to take a break. The timer is actually a key component of the productivity system known as the Pomodoro Technique so if you really want to get into that there are many resources available to help you with that.

Another great method is to start using a standing desk instead sitting down at a regular desk all the time. These stand up desks come in all shapes, sizes and functionalities nowadays with an equally bewildering array of prices from the cheap and cheerful to the overdraft busting techno-wizardly marvels and everything in between. You can even make your own with some help from ikea or you could go and buy something neat like a varidesk which can be raised and lowered to suit and doesn't break the bank. The choice is yours but whatever you do, don't just keep sitting there until the axe falls! 


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