Healthy Trader

Every work field has their own health risk issues. Trading field is not exception. Working in front of monitor for hours to understand chart and news, analyze trend, set up strategies,etc; may expose a trader to substantial health risks.
Since traders mostly spend hours in front of monitor(s) and do not physically active; it is highly recommended for them to spend at least 30 minutes per day for exercise:

  • a minimum of 2-1/2 hours per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, for example, brisk walking for 30 minutes a day, five days a week, or
  • minimum of 1-1/4 hours per week of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity, or
  • combine both.

Then, give your eyes a break once an hour during your workday. Rest your eyes 10 minutes for every 50 minutes spent in front of monitor. If your eyes feel overly tired, lie down and place cooling cucumber slices over your eyelids. The monitor position should be located nor closer than 70 cm from the trader’s eye and lighting should not cause any glare on the monitor.
Last but not least, drink a lot of water or a cup of tea hourly to prevent dehydration. Good diet also have important roles. Vitamins A, C, E, and mineral like copper, zinc are essential to eyesight. Antioxidant can be obtained from dark leafy greens, eggs, yellow peepers, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, and carrots. Other food that give benefits such as spinach, broccoli, lemon / orange, nuts, avocado, garlic, onions, shallots, capers, blueberries, grapes, salmon, sardines, mackerel, cod, whole grains.

Source:
http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/physical-activity-guidelines/

About Vilas Kusumahardja

Originally from Indonesia, Vilas began trading ten years ago to support his love of travel. He figured that, as long as he could find an internet connection, he would be able to support himself. In 2008, he came to the United States and a year later, re-learned everything he thought he knew about forex. Now, he places trades using support and resistance, utilizing signals from EA's. Vilas helps at the Apiary Fund as a trader support representative managing the Apiary Fund blog and answering questions in the forum.

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