Controlling the Contractor’s disease
If your job requires that you spend long hours at your workstation, you will need to find ways to take physical breaks to maintain your own physical health. When you are operating expensive equipment and meeting and struggling with schedules, taking personal breaks is a problem.
A robust and healthy young friend died while driving home after a long day of construction work. He just died while driving home. We all know the problem did not begin there on the way home. He spent too many hours working at running heavy equipment, and not enough time taking care of his own body. This is how to minimize the risk of contracting this disease by implementing the following measures:
- People who accomplish a lot need to keep physically active too.
- If you are strong and healthy, you still need to work to stay that way.
- Men love to work, but don’t see the need to care for themselves.
- We need to give ourselves routine physical breaks.
- You won’t miss your health until it’s gone
Operating heavy machinery can be hazardous to your health.
Moving dirt and building, and building highways and buildings is fun but: the human body needs to be cared for too. Shut that machine down after a good amount of work, and give your body some much needed physical movement. If you can’t leave the cab for fear that other equipment will smash you, at least give your human machine some activity. Jump, yell, make fists, tighten and loosen your leg muscles. Do something for your own health.
-“Don’t wait for those terrible back problems to floor you”
One of the first indications of the Contractor’s disease is a bulging waist. Your abdominal muscles are sagging because you are not keeping them strong;this will lead to back problems.
Instead of buying bigger pants,start a basic exercise program–don’t wait until you get back problems. Don’t wait until your back gives out. Start a basic exercise program now and avoid back problems in the future
Start with stretches because your back is large and can cover a lot of muscle territory. It’s important to warm up before you start working, says Dr. Wayne Westcott, fitness research director of the South Shore YMCA in Quincy, Mass. “The general rule for stretching is to hold each stretch for 20 seconds,” he says. This helps the muscles relax and allows the blood vessels in the muscles to dilate and deliver more oxygen-rich blood to the muscle cells.Westcott recommends starting with simple stretches that use your own body weight as resistance. Bending over at the waist, for example, will stretch your back. To improve your flexibility you have to push yourself beyond what feels comfortable, he says.
If you are an athlete with a specific sport focus, or if you enjoy a lot of physical activity and don’t have time for an extended stretching routine before exercising.
Make those Abdominal Muscles do a Few Minutes of Movement–They will Love It
When all is said and done, you too can get a chance to drive on that new highway–if you take good care of that horse that works for you. You can point it out to your wife, and say, “I built that.”
Otherwise someone else will do you the honors; in your place.