How to Prevent Your Desk Job From Killing You

An animated short film highlights the importance of good posture in the workplace.

Think your desk job is pretty comfy? Well, think again. Turns out every hour you spend in your cushy chair may in fact be reducing your lifespan. Over the past few years, studies have shown that people who spend more than eight hours a day sitting are likely to have “wild swings in metabolism” and an increased chance of heart disease.

The team at animation studio Flikli decided to fight this trend with an animated PSA on the issue. Beginning with a brief history of humanity's sedentary lifestyle, the film illustrates a few ways to be healthier at work. From using office furniture that promotes active sitting and movement to taking breaks to stretch, every effort helps, they say. 

For more work by Flikli, visit flikli.com. To learn more about the ergonomic furniture featured in the video, visit varierfurniture.com.

Paul Rosenfeld writes and produces for Atlantic Video. His work has also appeared on The Daily Beast and CNN.com.

Life as an Obama Impersonator

"When you think you're the president, you just act like you are above everybody else."

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

blog comments powered by Disqus

VIdeo

Life as an Obama Impersonator

"When you think you're the president, you just act like you are above everybody else."

Video

Things Not to Say to a Pregnant Woman

You don't have to tell her how big she is. You don't need to touch her belly.

Video

Maine's Underground Street Art

"Graffiti is the farthest thing from anarchy."

Video

The Joy of Running in a Beautiful Place

A love letter to California's Marin Headlands

Video

'I Didn't Even Know What I Was Going Through'

A 17-year-old describes his struggles with depression.

More in Video

Just In