Working overtime may literally kill you

Posted By: The Ski Channel on May 12, 2010 10:40 am

Yep, a new study published in the European Heart Journal confirms what we’ve all been telling our bosses for years: working overtime is bad for your heart. You know what that means? Time to get away from the cubicle and get outside! Hike up a mountain, ski down it if there’s snow, take your old bike out…do something to keep your heart pumping.

The exact study (a long-term study) revealed that rates of angina, nonfatal heart attacks and death from heart-related conditions was 60 percent higher in people who worked at least three hours beyond “the normal, seven-hour day” compared with those who didn’t work that amount of overtime. The data came from the Whitehall II study, a long-term investigation into the health of more than 10,000 London office workers who’ve been tracked since 1985. This particular study looked at 6,014 of these men and women, tracking their health for an average of 11 years.

The study also found that the people with the heart problems tended to be the anal-retentive type, and be more prone to suffer from depression and anxiety.

The researchers are now looking into the possibility that if you choose to work long hours, you won’t have an increased chance of heart problems. The problem arises when you are forced to work overtime against your will.

If you ever needed an excuse to take a ski break from work, throw this one in front of your boss!