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The Unhealthiest Habits at the Office

4 Things You Shouldn't Do at Your Desk

Most of us spend most of our days sitting in front of a computer, so those long eight-hour days can be filled with actions that can hurt your health. Read on for four things you should definitely not do at your desk.

Distracted eating: It's not that eating at your desk itself is evil (although watch out for those germs!), it's just that, when you mix eating with working, it can be a disaster for your diet. Mindless eating can turn to overeating without you even realizing it. If you can, take a break from your desk and eat somewhere else where you can focus on your plate.

Crossing your knees: You may not even be thinking about it, but chances are you cross your legs at the knees often when you sit. That can lead to a buildup of pressure in your legs, and not only that, is one of the reasons why sitting may give you back pain. So try to keep your knees uncrossed — and while you're at it, read on for more ways to have better posture while sitting at your desk.

Read on for more desk don'ts.

Loud earphones: Sometimes, lackluster work days call for rocking out with headphones on. But make sure you don't keep turning up the volume — you risk damaging your eardrums. Since we spend a lot of time wearing headphones, make sure you pay attention to the volume of your music.

Never taking a break: Got sucked into a project vortex? It can be easy to forget that you haven't refilled your water bottle, stepped out for lunch, or rested your eyes when you're on a tight deadline. But since we all know how bad prolonged sitting can be on your overall health — read just how bad sitting is for you here — try to remember that a break only takes a few minutes of your time and will make you feel a whole lot better.

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GirlOverboard GirlOverboard 5 years
I am guilty of all of these things. Sadly, I cannot give up my "eating at the desk" habit but for good reason - the husband and I (we work at the same place) have decided to start using our lunch breaks to hit the gym! I think the trade-off is worth it. :)
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