Our surroundings have a direct link to our lives. Since
we spend 40 or more hours at our jobs weekly, it is essential to your
health and longevity that your place of work is as conducive to wellness as
possible. These are just a few ways you can integrate health into your
It is very important for your health that you enjoy your
work and that it has meaning for you. With that in mind, it is also
important to consider the health risk factors that may be included in your job
description. People in certain professions have a tendency to live longer than
In studies carried out by the life insurance industry,
it was found that symphony conductors and high-level company executives have a
lower-than-average rate of mortality.
Chinese surveys have found that artists, doctors, herb gatherers, and
professors generally enjoy a lengthened life span.
Contrarily, some industries cut your life short,
especially those in which stress and work-related injuries are everyday
occurrences, including agriculture, construction, fishing, forestry,
manufacturing, mining, transportation, retail sales, and wholesale sales.
Fresh Air For Office Care
Energy-efficient standards of today require that modern
office buildings be kept tightly sealed, in order to avoid temperature
variations. This is one of the major contributions to the condition called
“sick building syndrome,” an ambiguous illness that affects the occupants of an
Carpeting, furniture, cleaning products, dry cleaning,
insecticides, printers, and other products can give off unhealthy fumes, which
trigger responses from the immune system that over time dull its effectiveness,
leading to premature aging. Circulate fresh air through your office by opening
the windows early in the morning and late in the evening. These are the times
of day that outdoor air is cleanest.
Plants To The Rescue
The synthetic materials found in buildings, furnishings,
and electronic devices emit volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) into our work
environment. Some examples of these toxic gases include formaldehyde from
plastic bags, benzene from wall coverings, and xylene from computer screens.
Indoor air pollutants
aggravate allergies and fatigue; in some extreme cases, they can even lead to
cancer and birth defects. This is where Mother Nature’s air purifiers come in:
plants produce oxygen and eliminate VOCs at the same time. The most effective
plants include indoor palms, English ivy, ficuses, peace lilies, and
chrysanthemums. Bring the fresh air indoors by filling your workplace with
The key to staying alert and
awake on the job is to keep your chi moving. So before you reach for that third
cup of coffee-which will initially give you a boost, but depletes your energy
in the long run-try some of these:
frequent breaks from sitting. Instead of using the phone to get what you need,
use your legs! Find ways to keep moving all day. Take the stairs instead of the
elevator. Park your car a few blocks away from where you’re going.
• Take a
field trip for lunch. If it’s a nice day outside, have a picnic in a park or
just take a walk around the block. The fresh air and the break from routine
will be an invigorating addition to your workday.
• Make sure
you are sitting up straight. Slouching not only makes you look older than you
are, it also leads to a huge drop in energy by decreasing your oxygen intake.
When you compress the diaphragm and ribs, full respiration cannot take place
and the blood flow is slowed to your brain and extremities. Additionally, poor
posture also affects your mood and contributes to chronic back and neck pains.
The Chinese remedy for poor posture is to pull your chin inward and pretend
there is a string pulling straight upward from the top of your head.
May you live long, live strong, and live happy!
Dr. Mao Shing Ni,
best known as Dr. Mao is a bestselling author, doctor of Oriental Medicine and
board certified anti-aging expert. He has recently appeared on “The Ricki Lake
Show,” “Dr. Oz,” and contributes to Yahoo Health and The Huffington Post.
Dr. Mao practices acupuncture, nutrition, and Chinese medicine with his
associates at the Tao of Wellness in Santa Monica, Newport Beach, and Pasadena.
Dr. Mao and his brother, Dr. Daoshing Ni, founded the Tao of Wellness more than
25 years ago in addition to founding Yo San University in Marina del Rey.
To make an appointment for evaluation and treatment please call 310.917.2200 or
you can email Dr. Mao at email@example.com. To subscribe to his
tip-filled newsletter please visit www.taoofwellness.com.
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