I’ve always said, based on my own bad experiences, that sitting at a desk for 8.5 hours a day isn’t natural and is unhealthy. When I first started working in an office full time I’d frequently get leg cramps. My eyes would really hurt from staring at a monitor for so long. Even a year later my legs still hurt from sitting and they get so antsy that it’s hard to concentrate on working.
All I can think about sometimes is getting away from this desk and up and moving. Taking the recommended 5 minute walking break every hour doesn’t help, and it’s not an option anyway because people will think you’re lazy if you’re not at your desk working. I have no choice but to sit here (or some other desk) for the next 40 years.
Don’t get me wrong, I like my job, but if I had a choice I’d be doing a job where I wasn’t sitting all day. I feel like it’s too late now. I can’t afford and don’t have the time to go back to school to do something else, and any job I can think of where I’d be standing I wouldn’t make a living wage. It seems to be a case of how much do you hate sitting vs how much do you hate the job.
Of course this infographic hasn’t changed the way I think about this. For a while I’ve been trying so hard to think of a way out of office life, but I can’t see a realistic one for me that doesn’t involve more school and more money. If only I had it to do over again …
Sorry for the whiny post. I’m actually very happy with my life apart from my desk chair!