How to survive an office career


The services industry is the UK’s largest and most important. Mass industrialization has been substituted with massive offices. The services sector in the UK currently makes up for 73% of the GDP which is dominated by financial services, particularly banking and insurance.

Because of this millions of people in the UK are expanding their business days in office chairs behinds desks. Funnily enough human beings are not specially designed for this at all. In a purely Darwinian view, we have evolved as hunter, gatherer, scavengers.

Fast forward to today and there is little need to hunt, gather or scavenge in the UK. Earning a living in an office in the 21st century doesn’t demand hunting-gathering or scavenging. What it does require is self-discipline.

To preserve a strong body and an office based career you need to do three things. Following these steps will guarantee you will avoid an ever-increasing waistline, avoid experiencing back problems later in life and will add years to your life.

First, you must fully accept that sitting behind your nice executive glass desk for hour after hour, day after day is without question bad for your health. Research has shown that humans should be taking 10,000 steps or 5 miles a day.

This is difficult to achieve in an office, therefore, the easiest option is to change your commute into work to consist of more walking or if you’re feeling bold cycling is an excellent exercise.

The second step is to change your diet. Millions of people seem to have forgotten that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and prefer to go to work on an empty belly. As a consequence people struggle to really get going in the morning and by lunchtime are faint with hunger. Then a large is often consumed in a matter of minutes leaving you feeling bloated and sleepy.

With a healthy breakfast like a bowl of cereal or porridge or eggs on toast, you will find your energy levels much better and benefit from a lighter lunch making the afternoon a more suitable time for you.

The final tip is to invest in ergonomic office chairs and ergonomic office furniture. Having a good posture behind will protect against repetitive strain injuries and spine problems which are widespread amongst those who have devoted a lifetime behind have become much more scientific recently. Ergonomics and the end user now play a serious part in the design and development of office furniture.

By following these three pieces of advice, when it comes to the end of your career you will not encounter some of the problems faced by those who ignored their own health behind an office desk for decades.

Follow these steps and at the end of your office based career, you will find your body in a much better state than those who have ignored their health over decades and have paid the price.