The whole idea of working long hours never made sense to me. Why put so much emphasis on one thing at the expense of so many others?
A new study by researchers at Université Laval published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology is showing that those long hours don’t make sense to your heart, either.
Life, of course, is expensive. People need to earn a living. But pulling long work hours could be earning them a death, too. New research is showing that working 55 hours per week or more is linked to double the risk of a repeat heart attack for those who have had one.
The additional risk is compared to those who work between 35 and 40 hours per week.
It’s been repeated ad nauseum, but a healthy lifestyle is all about balance. A balanced diet, some exercise, and what is termed as “work-life balance.” Of course, this is more achievable for some than others, as many North Americans work long hours simply to make ends meet.
But if you are working long hours and putting your health at risk because you don’t know what else to do with your time, it’s worthwhile (especially for your heart) to take your foot off the gas to slow down and look around.
Those long hours on the job are potentially putting your life at risk. So, really, does the extra money it may result in really have any value?
There are several factors in working long hours that may contribute to the risk for repeat heart attacks. Stress, exposure to on-the-job pollution or chemicals, physical exertion, or excessive heat and cold can all wear the body down and challenge your heart.
Unfortunately, working fewer hours isn’t an option for everybody. A high cost of living and low-paying jobs are a reality of the North American economy.
If you can find ways to cut costs in a way that allows you to work less, try it. It could be the best investment for your future.
Mat Lecompte is a freelance health and wellness journalist. This article was first published on Bel Marra Health.