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15 Jobs That Pay Well But Hurt Your Health

15 Jobs That Pay Well But Hurt Your Health

There are several jobs available today that can bring in the big bucks, but could be dangerous to your health. Let’s take a look at 15 of these jobs and why they’re so dangerous. If you’re currently employed in one of these occupations, you may want to rethink your job… or invest in life insurance.

1. Nurses

These medical professionals are dealing with many sick people on a day-to-day basis, and not to mention, it is a very stressful job. Any illness that is contagious can get passed around, and if you are working many long hours your immune system will be compromised, making it easy for you to get ill.

2. Service Unit Operators

These are the men and women who are working in the oil, gas, and coal mining industries. They are exposed to many contaminants in the air and they are at a higher chance of receiving burns, cuts, scrapes, and more. They probably make a few trips to the ER, and with rising healthcare costs feel like they need someone to blame. According to a study on BambooHR, it’s the government.

3. Airline Pilots and Copilots

Pilots and copilots are at a high risk for many problems that come from sitting for long periods of time. Because they are in a stationary position for so long, it can be bad for their circulation and eventually bad on the heart. They are also at a high risk of being obese from sitting, and they do experience some radiation exposure.

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4. Immigration and Customs Inspectors

Immigration and customs inspectors are the ones that are in charge of inspecting people, goods, and more when they come into the country. They are exposed to thousands of people a day, giving them a high rate of illness exposure, not to mention certain contaminants that they may come across in boxes, bags, or crates.

5. Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors

The men and women who collect all of the recyclable materials from home, businesses, and other buildings can lead a dangerous lifestyle. They are exposed to a number of unknown contaminants, some diseases and other things, and they do sit a lot on the job. It is a surprisingly harmful job that many people would not think about right away.

6. Radiologists and Nuclear Technicians

These medical professionals have a different level of harm when they are on the job. They deal with radioactive tests and materials on a daily basis. Radiologists sit a lot during the day and read imaging exams, while nuclear technicians are mixing radioactive isotopes that are used in certain exams, leaving them open to a high amount of radiation exposure.

7. Surgeons and Surgical Technicians

Surgeons have a very stressful job. They work long hours, sometimes odd hours, and they deal with very intricate procedures. This can lead to a lot of stress outside of work, which leads to serious medical conditions. They, and their technicians, are also exposed to a lot of contaminants and certain illnesses and diseases that can be unsavory.

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8. Anesthesiologists, Nurse Anesthetists, and Anesthesiologist Assistants

Because they work in surgery, they too have odd hours and long hours, and they carry a lot of the same risk as other medical professions. But they also can suffer side effects from the drugs they use to put their patients under because they are around them all day, leaving them sleepy at times.

9. Flight Attendants

Unlike pilots, they do not sit for long periods of time, but they are exposed to radiation as well. Not only that, but they deal more with people, leaving them open to illnesses and viruses that anyone on the flight has.

10. Histotechnologists and histologic technicians

Histotechnologists prepare slides for pathologists to look at diagnose. But in doing so, they are exposed to many contaminants and use sharp instruments to do there work. They also need to do small, detail-oriented work, involving intricate movements of the hand which can cause injuries to the hand and wrist.

11. Derrick operators (oil and gas)

These professionals have a high rate of exposure to contaminants when they are on the job. They also have a high rate of suffering from cuts, burns, or other on the job site industries.

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12. Nuclear Equipment Operation Technicians

These people work in the nuclear energy business and they are the ones that release, control, and use this energy to help anyone researching or working with it in certain activities. It leads to a high risk of radiation exposure as well as being around many hazardous materials.

13. Refractory Materials Repairers

Anyone working in this industry, as someone who repairs furnaces, kilns, ovens, and more is at a high risk of contaminants and hazardous fumes and materials. They also have a high rate of cuts and burns.

14. Dentists and dental assistants

Dentists are exposed to a lot of viruses and other diseases since they are working in close proximity to the mouths of many people. They are also around many different contaminants throughout the day and sit for long periods of time.

15. Veterinarians

Working with animals brings around risk as well. Vets are open to being bit, scratched, stung, or more from any animal they work with. Not to mention all the diseases they see on a daily basis, as well as infections of all sorts.

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Just because work is dangerous, it doesn’t mean that it isn’t meaningful and fulfilling. Many people in these occupations love what they do, and the risks are minimal in their eyes. If you work in one of these professions, make sure you’re following all of the safety rules and paying attention to your surroundings. Take extra precautions to protect yourself and others around you.

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Last Updated on August 15, 2018

7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

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Why is it important to train up our core strength?

There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

One Exercise, multiple benefits

There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

What will happen when you start doing planks every day

    1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

    Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

    • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
    • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
    • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
    • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

    2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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      Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

      Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

      3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

        Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

        4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

          Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

          A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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          A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

          On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

          5. You’ll improve overall balance

            Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

            6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

              Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

              7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                How to hold a plank position

                1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                  How to improve your plank time gradually

                  1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                  2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                  3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                  Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                  Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                  You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                  • Prolapse
                  • After prolapse surgery
                  • Pelvic pain conditions
                  • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                  • Previous childbirth
                  • Overweight

                  Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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