Promoting Daily Health In Your Workday: Dr. Mao's Wellness Living

Sunday, 21 Apr 2013, 8:21:00 AM

Dr. Mao Shing Ni

Dr. Mao Shing Ni
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Dr. Mao Shing Ni

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


Longevity Lifework

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

unhealthy edifice.

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

plants aplenty!

Office Pick-Me-Ups

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:

• Take

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 To subscribe to his

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