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My job requires me to sit in front of a computer all day. Can staying stationary at work put me at a higher risk of developing erectile dysfunction?

Wake up, make a cup of coffee, hop into your car, fight through traffic, get to work, sit down at your computer, stay there for 8 hours, get up, go home. It’s a routine that thousands of working men experience every day. But just because such work is so commonplace, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s good for you. After all, many men find themselves pondering, spending all that time without really moving around can’t possibly be good for the body, right? Worse yet, could a desk job be putting men at a higher risk of developing erectile dysfunction?

The human body craves motion; whether it’s a light jog or a simple walk to the water cooler, the body is happier when it is moving. So when the body stays stationary for long stretches of time, it can put functions of the body at risk. Factor in a poor diet and a constant intake of office coffee, and you’re looking at the perfect recipe for erectile dysfunction.

But this doesn’t mean that working a desk job is a guarantee for erectile woes. Thousands of men punch the clock and saddle up to their cubicle every day, and never once experience ED. But it all boils down to how you approach the working day.

When working, take 1-2 minutes every hour to get up and stretch. Take a brisk walk around the office. Find a quiet space and do some light exercise. Keep the cups of coffee to a bare minimum, and go light on the cream and sugar. If you want to go the extra mile, invest in a standing desk, and knock out some squats while you work.

It all boils down to giving your body the motion it craves and making positive lifestyle choices. If you stay fixed to your chair from punch in to clock out, you could be setting yourself up for a plethora of health issues down the line. So take the time to look after your body at work, and erectile dysfunction should be the last thing you have to worry about.

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