What is The Most Dangerous Job?

By Tony Olejnicki | Creator of HiACHIEVR Program

According to the Safe Work Australia, the agriculture, forestry and fishing industries are the most dangerous working environments in Australia with 44 fatalities in 2016 out of total 218 work fatalities.

Considering over 3 millions of sedentary office workers in Australia, with 8 fatalities reported in 2016, the office job appears the safest job in Australia.
But wait…

According to 2018 Report, 30,000 Australians died of a sudden cardiac arrest (heart attack). And 7,500 deaths occurred at work. (according to the submission for the 2018 Review of the Model WHS Laws-30 April 2018)

Major known factors were: a chronic stress followed by poor nutrition, a lack of exercise and other not-diagnosed heart conditions. The Victorian Government has acknowledged the stress is often work related.

Sedentary office workers constitute over half of Australian workers, so statistically over 3000 office workers die at work each year, as a result of the sudden cardiac arrest symptom. This, however, is not included in the office accidental death statistics due to its complex nature. The stress may not be caused exclusively by the office environment. Also, there are other contributing factors due to personal choices.

Sedentary Behaviour

So, if you are reading this now, sitting at your office desk, you most likely work in the most dangerous job.

    Any of these factors can cause a chronic stress. Do any of them apply to your working environment?

  • Toxic Organisation culture
  • Bad management practices
  • Excessive job content and demands
  • Poor relationships at work
  • Long working hours sitting at the desk
  • Heavy workload
  • Boring work
  • Harassment
  • Discrimination
  • Poor relationships with colleagues or bosses

Are deaths due to the heart attack work related?

It is not totally clear, it all depends on the working environment and your personal health risks.

  • Are you sitting more than 6 hours at your desk?
  • Is your office environment chronically stressful?
  • Has your doctor assessed you as as high risk for heart disease or diabetes?

If the answer to one or more of the above question is YES, you are a sterssed sedentary person. And, you are well on the way to developing one or more sedentary diseases in your 50’s.In fact your chance to get there is 50 percent.

If you had 50 percent chance of a car accident, you would average a prank every second day.

If so, would you care to take-up a car accident insurance?

Risks of a Death in the Office

If you are still long away from your 50’s, then consider the risk of the sedentary death syndrome (SeDS) due to an excessive sitting. A 40 years old office worker clocks in 30 years of sitting... This translates to 69,000 plus hours of sitting... Imagine an enormous amount of stress on your body and unprecedented in 300,000 years history of human evolution.

Every extra hour spent sitting, increases the risk of dying from a SeDS as much as 18 per cent. ( According to a 2010 study of 8000 people by the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute.)

That’s true even if you exercise regularly. The research shows that to compensate for 3 hours of sitting, one would require 1 hour of exercise, clearly unachievable even for an extreme gym junky.

An excessive sitting is the reason of early onset of aging in mid 40’s rather than 60’s for non-sedentary people.

Typically a 30 years old sedentary person reached the physiological age of 35.

A typical sedentary 50 years old is physiologically close to 60.

With a life expectancy of 85, controlled by the physiological rather than chronological age, the implications are obvious.

Most of sedentary office workers do more sitting than just hours at work. If your behaviour is like that on the graph below you maybe sitting 15 hours a day and this is truly extreme risky behaviour and a serious health hazard.

Sedentary Work Cycle lowers the Work Performance

The health hazard aside, sitting contributes to a poor work performance. The brain can sustain only about 30 minutes of sitting before its concentration and efficiency start diminish rapidly.

Within one hour, the body will respond with a strong pain to force you to get-up and move. The pain is the wake-up call helping to restore the brain to its full avilability.

An intensive sitter will experience 4 to 6 such events throughout a working day. This offers only 2-3 hours of effective work within 8 working hours. It is also very unpleasent but most of people get used to it.

Risk Countermeasures

The way to reduce a risk of death at work is to change to an active work environment, reduce the stress, improve nutrition and sleeping. This will also help to reduce the physiological age and stimulate neurogenesis (brain rejuvenation). A good news about the physiological age is that, unlike the chronological age, it can be slowed down.

The optimum way to create active work environment is to switch to working at a standing work station, regular exercises and measuring your effort with a smart phone apps.

Alternatively set a reminder to get-up every 30 minutes and compel yourself to a short stroll in the office. Find excuse and make the office mobility (movement) your bottom step in your hierarchy of needs.

How to Recognize Symptoms of Work-Related Stress

The signs or symptoms of work-related stress can be physical, psychological and behavioural. Safe Work Australia lists these as follows.

    Physical symptoms include:

  • Fatigue
  • Muscular tension
  • Headaches
  • Heart palpitations
  • Sleeping difficulties, such as insomnia
  • Gastrointestinal upsets, such as diarrhoea or constipation
  • Dermatological disorders
    Psychological symptoms include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Discouragement
  • Irritability
  • pessimism
  • Feelings of being overwhelmed and unable to cope
  • Cognitive difficulties, such as a reduced ability to concentrate or make decisions.
    Behavioural symptoms include:

  • An increase in sick days or absenteeism
  • Aggression
  • Diminished creativity and initiative
  • A drop in work performance
  • Problems with interpersonal relationships
  • Mood swings and irritability
  • Lower tolerance of frustration and impatience
  • Disinterest
  • Isolation

Tony Olejnicki – an engineer, motivator and exercise physiologist specializing in high altitude training is the creator of the HiACHIEVR Program , an inspirational program helping professional working in an office environment to improve productivity and life quality by lowering physiological age, improving cognition and optimizing personal health.

TAKE ACTION! and Contact us for a free consultation about the personalized transition with HiACHIEVR Program to high productivity workplace.

How to Improve the Brain Efficiency and become Younger, Smarter and Healthier

By Tony Olejnicki | Creator of HiACHIEVR Program

The GOOGLE search for “how to Improve Brain Efficiency” while doing repetitive, creative or management work in the office, will offer advise from Wellness Gurus on motivation, brain diet, ketogenic diet, short naps, exercises, mindfulness, building strong connections and many more. These are all great bits of advise. However for an average office worker busy and stressed with competitiveness, shortage of time and financial resources they are impossible to implement.
All these advises are too generic, too complex in detail and require a serious time commitment for any sensible person being able utilize any of them, even in a short form or express version.
Ask yourself this question:
Has any quick motivational program or hyped up exercise styles or trendy diets worked for you in a long term?
Most of businesses implement office productivity tools and automation, protecting stressed employees from customer interface and shifting stress on customers instead. Alternatively, businesses outsource workforce abroad, often forgetting that a customer is the key to the profit bottom line. These will make a business more profitable in a short-term, however will make no one younger, smarter or healthier. As an example, consider banks ,telecommunication businesses and utilities just to mention some.
Imagine now, if you could improve your Brain Efficiency in a simple way and complete your work in half of the time available? There are progressive companies which do exactly that. They collaborate with employees for a win-win Wellness and productivity proposition and improve profits with shorter working hours.
How do they do it? Is this some other wellness gimmick for a psychological motivational feel good training?

Brain Efficiency and Productivity.

The Office Worker Productivity is closely coupled with the Brain Efficiency regardless whether you are doing repetitive or creative and inventive work. Human brain works at its best in the Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis (NEAT) mode, which makes a perfect sense considering 300,000 years of human evolution.

NEAT is a state of a continuous non-repetitive mobility at low effort level, where the body system uses fat as the fuel (Thermogenesis) to generate energy. In this state the brain generates complex and diverse neural activity to the muscles and it keep the body balanced in the upright position. It also monitors a feedback from proprioception sensors. The heart beats at slightly elevated level delivering an increased Oxygen level. This in turn energizes the brain and supporting cognitive functions. The brain is the heaviest user of Oxygen out of all human organs. It consumes as much as 25% of total Oxygen despite its comparatively small weight of about 2% of the total body weight.

Guess what happens when you sit down and stay sedentary in the chair focusing on your computer work?
It takes about 30 minutes for the the body to sustain the Brain at its full Efficiency before it settles to the resting state. The heart slows down delivering less oxygen to the brain so the brain enters a resting mode which also limits the cognition.
After one hour of a motionless sitting the Brain Efficiency diminishes to a level equivalent to the sleeping condition. If you have not dosed off, you will be prompted by the brain activity to a movement with a strong pain signal in your back, shoulders, neck or may be a cramp of your leg muscles.
As soon as you stretched your legs and took a walk to the coffee machine your brain resets to its full efficiency for another 30 minutes and the Brain Efficiency cycle repeats. Typically most of sedentary office workers would repeat this cycle 6 times in a day. As result, this offers a full cognitive engagement for about 3 hours per working day. The remaining 5 hours of the working day blend in to a low Brain Efficiency mode without most people realizing it.
Have you ever asked yourself any of these questions:
What have I done today?
Have you ever arrived to work by a car not remembering details of your journey?
Why am I behind the schedule despite working so many hours?

Becoming Younger.

Have you ever wonder why many people look older than their chronological age?
Often it is due genetics. For most people, however, genes by themselves determine predisposition only. The condition such as a ‘speed of aging’ must be triggered by environmental factors.
In the past we thought about aging as a static process determined by the chronological age. Since the science fully explored the role of stem cells, we understand that aging is controlled by the physiological age. The stem cells abundant and active in children and young people diminish with age, however they do not disappear but remain ‘dormant’ until activated and can be stimulated and rebuild any organ to its original state.
In 80’s scientists participated in BIOSPHERE2 noticed by coincident that caloric restriction diet leads to an organ regeneration. In another words, the hunger causes the body to use protein as a fuel and at the same time, it stimulates a stem cell regeneration when the supporting environment becomes available.
Take the muscles for example. You can rejuvenate them through an intensive exercise and nutrition like athletes and Body Builders do. For most of healthy people it can be done to most of the body organs up to 50. However for people with the lifelong commitment it can be done beyond 50.
Most generally healthy individuals above 30 are physiologically 5-20 years older than their chronological age due to their sedentary lifestyles and poor nutrition. The amazing thing about physiological age is that it can be lowered. NEAT with appropriate nutrition and daily exercise will lower your physiological age.
It is worth it and achievable for most people to engage in the HiACHIEVR process. It is a very nice thing to retire at 65 having a body equivalent to 55 rather than 85.
50 is a pivotal age and most people have opportunity to peak at 50 as a combination of financial status and physiological endurance and be ready to ‘climb’ their ‘Life Everest’.
The alternative for sedentary population is developing a sedentary condition. Half of the population over 50 in developed countries will develop one or more, totally preventable, sedentary condition such as diabetes, sedentary lifestyle cancers, hypertension, stroke just to mention few.

Becoming Smarter.

Brain stem cells also exist in adult bodies and can be stimulated to replace damaged neurons.
Similarly to nutritional deprivation stimulating muscle tissue rejuvenation, reducing oxygen concentration stimulates stem cell production in the brain and brain cell rejuvenation, Angiogenesis.
The research at the Sagol Center for Hyperbaric Medicine demonstrated brain tissue rejuvenation based on a revolutionary treatment of veterans with traumatic brain injuries. Following that, the treatment was extended to many non-combat patients. The revolutionary aspect of these medical studies, with the results supported by MRI brain scans of patients undergoing the treatment, are astonishing repair of a scared brain tissue and improving cognition. Refreshing fact is that there is no need to purchase any drugs.
For last 5 years, I have observed similar effect with my clients participating in our high altitude adventures, including myself. I have reported my observations in some of my articles but I was unable to link it to controlled research until I studied papers by Dr. Shai Efrati.
My original explanation stemmed from high altitude exercise physiology. I linked it to an increased production of red blood cells to deliver sufficient amount of oxygen at the high altitude effects. The observable effect of improved cognition and energy lasts a couple of months after returning from high altitude but the studies indicate even more long-term benefits.
NEAT system employed in the HiACHIEVR Program helps to improve cognition through consistent increased blood flow to the brain rather than Oxygen deprivation in low Oxygen environment. Hwever the HiACHIEVR program also offers a high altitude extension for all paricipants who successfully completed the HiACHIEVR program.
The HiACHIEVR Program protocols, based on a personal experience in high altitude training and the latest neurological research, leads not only to physical improvement in metabolism but also improves the cognition.
Tony Olejnicki – an engineer, motivator and exercise physiologist specializing in high altitude training is the creator of the HiACHIEVR Program , an inspirational program helping professional working in an office environment to improve productivity and life quality by lowering physiological age, improving cognition and optimizing personal health.
TAKE ACTION! and Contact us for a free consultation about the personalized transition with HiACHIEVR Program to high productivity workplace.

Occupational Health and Safety Risks of Sitting

by TONY OLEJNICKI | Creator of the HiACHIEVR Program

A routine and personal comfort are natural parts of a human behavior and need to be disrupted at regular intervals for healthy and productive life in private or professional settings.
There are many ways to achieve that.

There is a new epidemic of public health imminent but avoidable, the office immobility. There is so much evidence now that prolonged sitting is detrimental to the human health and it lowers life expectancy. In fact, sitting is more dangerous than cigarette smoking and alcohol consumption. It kills more people than HIV infection.

How will the legal system deal in the future with a negligent behavior of a business causing horrendous health implications to long-term employees?
What is the solution?

In 50’s and 60’s it was not uncommon to think about cigarette smoking as not only harmless but the chick and beneficial to thinking. Yet tobacco industry had the evidence how unhealthy and dangerous the habit was; they denied and withdrew the research results from the public. When exposed in 80’s the industry faced serious legal implication and costs. A similar battle is raging currently with the alcohol industry. The situation is far more complex because the alcohol consumption is so entrenched in the community’s norms.

Smoking and drinking are personal issues solvable by individuals however sitting have to be addressed by the businesses. The good news is that it affects everybody equally including office workers, management, and executives. There are no particular evil forces hiding or confusing information for some nefarious gains. So it should be easy to deal with. Whether you are an office worker, manager or CEO you really don’t want to develop the sedentary condition in your 40’s and 50’s, suffer over last 15-25 working years and retire unable to enjoy retirement to the fullest.

The sedentary behavior is insidious. It happens in slow increments starting with muscle atrophy, where muscle tissue gets replaced by the fat. This affects the levels of hormones and enzymes leading often to an irreversible deterioration of other body systems. The majority of office workers experience elevated blood pressure, cholesterol and sugar levels leading to diabetes, heart diseases and strokes in as early as in 40’s or 50’s, what suppose to be the prime time of life.

The human body has evolved to an upright position. A prolong sitting, no matter how ergonomic the chair is, weakens skeleton and joints not being stimulated by the movement. This leads to back pain, joints pain and other conditions.

The evidence is ocean deep starting from epidemiological studies, sedentary behavior studies, physiological studies to the evidence at DNA level.
Once acquired, the sitting complications are costly, difficult and unpleasant to deal with, they may be terminal for the victim and costly for the public health system. The positive news is that the prevention is really simple and cost-effective. The simple answer is the office mobility.

The mobility environment is not only healthy for the office worker but it is also beneficial for the business. The mobility not only stimulates muscular system but it also wakes up neural system leading to a better self-awareness (presenteeism), productivity, creativity and increased personal energy for the office workers, so they are alert all the time and don’t doze off during the day and in particular after lunch.

Transition to office mobility offered by the HiACHIEVR program is a systematic and sustainable approach with a high rate of success and cost-effectiveness.
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Tony Olejnicki – an engineer, motivator and exercise physiologist specializing in high altitude training – is the creator of HiACHIEVR , an inspirational company helping professional working in an office environment to improve life quality and experience a motivational Himalayan adventure.