How To Avoid Blood Clots At Your Desk

When you think of blood clots, you usually think of them only in the context of flying as that is a high risk when traveling for a long period of time in a confined space. Yes, this is a real hazard to watch out for and take precautions against, but the risk of blood clots should also be thought of in a range of other circumstances as well. Blood clots come about when individuals remain in the same position for extended periods of time. This is true even for young adults who work in offices, as they are specifically putting themselves at risk with their overall sedentary lifestyles.

The best place to start would be where we spend most of our days, and that would be the workplace. Below are a few things to consider about your behavior and how you perform certain tasks which can help. Here we look primarily at those who work at a desk, like in an office, but these tips can be applied to more workplace environments. Because time can quickly be lost when we’re at a desk or online, those who do so can remain in one position for a very long period of time without realizing it.

sitting idle at a desk for a long time increases the risk of blood clots

The Water Cooler

The water cooler, while also being a necessary source of nourishment for staff so they don’t get dehydrated, is a great tool for staff moral and dynamics. Some like to avoid their co-workers, or at least some of them, and hide behind their desk or cubicle. As well as being a good place to get to know your fellow colleagues, it gives you the chance throughout the day to get up from your seat to get a drink and actually use your feet. Those small trips on their own might not mean so much but taken together, they get your joints moving and active every now and then. Keeping hydrated with water rather than fizzy drinks or coffee is also a big plus for circulation and general health.

Lunch

When work demands mean that you have to eat lunch at your desk while you continue working, it means you lose a vital moment in the day to take a physical and mental break from work. Others decide to simply spend their break on social media sites or similar kinds, which again requires them sitting in the same space; and while this may be a mental break it means they remain seated. Going out for lunch will get you moving and at the same time will break up your day nicely. What you eat is also important with things high in flavenoids helping vasodilation (the opening of arteries for circulation), like blackberries, broccoli and cherries. Other natural sources like swedish bitters also help with preventing blood clots.

Keeping Muscles Active

When we’re transfixed on our work or thinking deeply, it can be easy to remain rigid. Time can go quickly at work if you have a list of things to do as long as your arm, and before you know it you’ve been in the same position for 7 hours. One thing you can do to keep the blood flow to your legs well-regulated is to keep feet moving somewhat as you work. Create some space under your desk if you have equipment there taking up room usually, so you can do this. Some choose to listen to music to tap in time to and keep feet active.

Journey To Work

If you drive to work and routinely get caught in the morning rush, that can amount to another half an hour sitting in traffic. Again, this is without much leg room to move your lower half and stretch. If possible, consider walking or cycling to work. Even if you have to get public transport, walking to the bus stop or station will be some exercise that could relieve stress and make up for all the sitting you’ll have to do for the rest of the day.

Interaction

Rather than speaking to each other through instant messenger, or emailing documents, move physically and speak to colleagues instead. Of course, it’s more eco-friendly to email documents rather than print everything out but all that movement is good for circulation and general exercise. If you manage or supervise a group of people, visiting them is more personal and can make tasks seem more of a priority when they can easily be forgotten about or pushed back. Some management philosophies dictate that a good manager is one who is hardly ever seated but involved in every area. If you can follow this lesson, you’ll find yourself not just more more accessible to your employees and clients but more active around the office too.

About the Author: Paul is a big proponent of health and well being, especially as someone who has just started full-time work in offices in the last year. He has suffered from sciatica so understands the importance of keeping limbs active during long periods of sitting down. This personal interest, as well as his work, has brought him into contact with natural remedies like natural bitters and various exercises that can be done from home.

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