Home |
Tags: oz | dr | work | drink

Work Hard, Play Smart for Better Health

By
Monday, 16 Feb 2015 08:48 AM Current | Bio | Archive

On the TV show "Mad Men," "work hard, play hard" is touted as a virtue.

Yet the characters are, well, slightly mad, and become more tragic and self-destructive every season.

Even though it's just a TV drama, it tells a very real cautionary tale.

Working long hours is associated with mental-health problems, occupational injuries, sleep deprivation and the risk of cardiovascular disease.

And according to researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, people who work 49-54 hours a week - and it doesn't matter where you live, male or female, young or old, ad exec or bus driver - are more likely to play hard and abuse alcohol at the end of a very long day.

If you work more than 55 hours, your risk more than doubles. (More than 12 percent of Americans work more than 55 hours - we both do - and at least 32 percent of you work 45-plus hours weekly.)

So, how can a hardworking person avoid the pitfalls?

Fortunately, the chain-smoking, multi-martini-lifestyle isn't your only choice!

You can opt for positive playtime at the end of a long day, whether it's bowling or a baking class, working out at the gym or taking a walk.

This smart form of behavior modification (replacing bad behavior with good) helps relieve stress and improves sleep, heart health and your love life! Then you can have a no-phone/ no-TV time with your family. And while this is he last season of "Mad Men," you can make sure you have many more seasons to come.

© 2015 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D.
Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

© King Features Syndicate

   
1Like our page
2Share
Dr-Oz
On the TV show Mad Men, work hard, play hard is touted as a virtue. Yet the characters are, well, slightly mad, and become more tragic and self-destructive every season. Even though it's just a TV drama, it tells a very real cautionary tale. Working long hours is...
oz, dr, work, drink
272
2015-48-16
Monday, 16 Feb 2015 08:48 AM
Newsmax Inc.
 

The information presented on this website is not intended as specific medical advice and is not a substitute for professional medical treatment or diagnosis. Read Newsmax Terms and Conditions of Service.

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved