From the second we step foot in kindergarten, we are groomed to find a good job.
When we enter the workforce, our job will take up the vast majority of our time.
On the minimum, we will spend 40 hours and five days a week at our job. And that's usually low balling it for most of us.
We see our bosses and co-workers more than we see our families.
So it is extremely important to find a job that is fulfilling, and one that fills all of our needs.
From kindergarten to high school, to college, we are on a quest to find that right job, the right career, that will satisfy us emotionally and financially.
Choosing the wrong job can have dire consequences.
It can leave us unfulfilled wanting more out of life.
It can leave us financially dependent on other jobs or government assistance because it doesn't pay enough.
Those are obvious drawbacks to finding the wrong job.
Did you know working the wrong job can also shorten our life expectancy, as well as making us sick while we're alive?
Actually, even if we love our job, it could have those adverse effects on us.
Below, we'll talk about those effects and what causes them.
Physically Demanding Jobs
Performing physical labor sounds good on paper.
Everyone exercises to stay healthy, so performing physically demanding tasks at work should benefit us as well, right?
Researchers found that men whose jobs involve a lot of physical labor are 18 percent more likely to die prematurely than workers who sit at desks most of the day.
The study took a look at data from 17 previous studies that examined the link between longevity and activity levels at work.
A total of 193,696 adults were followed for an average of about 20 years.
Overall, 29.639 people, or roughly 19%, died during the study period.
The study wasn't a controlled experiment to prove how activity levels at work affect longevity; it did show there's a big difference between manual labor and leisure time activities.
When you're active in leisure time, you're in control.
You can go for a short jog, lift weights, or play a sport.
You can stop and rest for as long as you want whenever you want.
When you're active at work, you lose most of that control.
You could work nonstop for eight hours straight with few breaks, and this can take a noticeable toll on health over time.
Physical activity at work is often highly repetitive, stresses certain body parts while sparing others, and is typically quite uncomfortable.
Such activity can lead to chronic issues like back pain and straining your cardiovascular system.
One way to counteract these effects, while it may seem counterintuitive, is to remain active in your leisure time.
This should help you balance the adverse health effects of occupational, physical activity with the positive effects of leisure time activity.
Here are ten of the most physically demanding jobs out there. Did yours make the list?
- Oil rig workers
It's not only physical factors at work that can shorten your life either.
New studies have found that being overly stressed at work can also take years off of your life.
Researchers from the Harvard Business school and Stanford University conducted a study from the viewpoint that better-paid jobs are associated with better health outcomes.
They used data from the General Social Survey and the American Community Survey to measure harmful workplace conditions influence on life expectancy.
To calculate the stress of a workplace, they considered the probability of getting laid off, the number of hours worked, and health insurance options along with other factors.
The researchers found that stressful workplaces did make it more likely for workers to die earlier, and ranges up to nearly three years of life lost.
However, the range differed on race and educational backgrounds.
Five to ten percent of well-educated workers mortality was associated with exposure to workplace stress, while workers with less education were between 12 and 19 percent.
The data also revealed that people with less education are much more likely to end up in jobs with more unhealthy workplace practices that cut down on one's life span.
People with the highest educational attainment were less affected by workplace stress than people with the least education.
Your Work Matters
The job you choose has a severe impact on your life.
And now we know it can also have a deadly impact.
Jobs that demand a lot of physical exertion and jobs that create a lot of stress have been proven to shave years off of your life.
First, if at all possible find a job you love.
Or at least learn to love your job.
If you enjoy the work you do, you are far less likely to be stressed about it.
If you love a job that is physically demanding, there are still things you can do to counteract those adverse effects.
Workout. Exercising after work will keep your body in shape and prepared for the work you have to do while you're on the job.
It can also counter some of the negative effects your body gets while being punished at work.
Another great way to take care of your body is to visit a chiropractor.
A chiropractor takes care of your entire body and can help your body heal and recover all on its own.
Chiropractors use what is known as spinal adjustments to heal your body and restore it to its natural position.
That allows your body to fire on all cylinders, keeping you healthy and ready to work.
If you're interested in seeing a chiropractor, the doctors at Cobb Chiropractic in Greensboro are ready to help you out.
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