It’s not that it hurts that we’re occasionally reminded of the risks and all, but at this point one would hope people would actually have this figured out.
Standing desk, REGULAR high intensity exercise and diet awareness (which has nothing to do with a hypocaloric diet) should all be staples of pretty much anybody’s life who has a sedentary job and can afford it.
I can only feel sorry and sympathize for those who can’t and have to endure horrible work conditions, but anybody else having problems is pretty much his own enemy.
Alternating standing and seating positions at work, or kneeling and seating if you don’t have a standing desk, stretching every few and having a physical regime of some description coupled with a balanced diet is the only way most people will get to 60 without being a F’in wreck, and the usual “but I work too hard” or “it ruins my focus” excuses are just that, excuses. It only takes two or four weeks to train yourself into decent posture and habits becoming natural.
Personally: I have a standing desk at work and spend half or more of the day working standing, I stretch every hour or two, train four times a week and skate (aggressively) once or twice a week and only skate or walk to and from work.
My diet is a million miles from being some gymrat obsessive thing, but I do have better than average knowledge of what I stuff into my mouth and eat healthy home cooked more often than not.
In my mid thirties with not a single nervous or articular problem despite routinely slamming into walls and floors at high speed in carparks (or occasionally trees and guardrails in downhill sessions) on a weekly basis I stand a much better chance of surviving them (my thirties) than most of the chair potatos in their early twnties already complaining about lower back problems do.
With all the info needed well documented and freely available it really is people’s own problem if they aren’t taking care of themselves. When people with intense schedules and families still manage anybody can (again, first world and working conditions allowing).
If you think going to the gym once a week and jogging once on the weekend and stretching when you remember another two days while slouching in the chair the rest of the time is ok, you honestly have it coming.
It’s not doing one of a few things, it’s about taking care of exercise, posture, circulation AND diet. Take any of them away and your chances halve out for every thing you don’t take care of.