Ever since computers have become used in general commercial activities, more and more people are working their 8 hour shifts and sitting behind desks most of the time. Depending on what your job is about, those 8 hours behind desk could feel good, or utterly boring. Well, we won’t go into specifics here. Whatever the job is about, 8 hours daily in an office can actually have negative consequences on your health. In fact, if you’re a fit person and do daily physical exercises of any kind, doing a few days of overtime could actually impact you negatively. In fact, the negative impact is actually greater on people doing and consequently missing daily training sessions than on people that don’t do daily trainings. Surprisingly, your desk plays a rather big part in it all.
How important is it to have a good office desk?
Here’s an actual story from experience, something that happened to me some 5 years ago. I am (or more like – I was) a fit person. Daily boxing training sessions have been a part of my daily routines for years now. But even before that, I was a very physical dude, either swimming whenever I got a chance or riding a bicycle for at least 20 miles per day. Then I started to work at my new job. After a while, we entered crunch time. Unfortunately, my desk was kind of too small. Not high enough, to be more precise. I had more than enough room on it, but I was constantly hunched down while I worked like that. After a while, your back starts to feel sore and your shoulders feel like they’ve been coming closer to each other during those 8 hours. And technically, they were.
How a bad desk can harm your health
Basically, crunch time meant that I spent about 3 weeks doing 12 hour shifts, sitting behind that awful desk. On the third week, I started to feel chest pain whenever I inhaled deeply. It got worse with time, up to the point where even shallow breathing began to hurt like someone plunged a knife through my chest all the way to my spine. After ending up in the emergency room, they figured out the cause of the pain. Basically, my hunched position caused a nerve to “lock-in” my chest and become agitated. Fortunately, I just needed to do some simple stretching exercises to avoid that in the future, but I still had to wait for it to pass with time. Not even painkillers work effectively with inflamed or agitated nerves, the pain is constantly there. However, the doctors also advised me to get a new desk, since that short desk could also cause back problems with time.
The best office desk is U shaped
Fortunately, I had a pretty understanding boss that promptly procured a new desk for me. It was quality computer desks and boy did it make a difference. U shaped desks in general are much more comfortable to work with. First of all, having such a large working area and the “U” shape itself means that you’ll do quite a bit of twisting and turning during your work hours, which means that the risk of back-related complications is significantly reduced.