Wanna know how to stay healthy as a welder? Follow these tips and share it with your co-welders!
Eat healthy food
A nutritious diet is what a welder needs because welding requires physical effort. If you seriously want to stay healthy, then you need to be serious about what your intake. As a welder, your body needs a lot of energy to be able to perform the physically demanding activities ahead of you. This also means you have to consume a lot of calories to keep you energetic. If you often exercise or still do sports and are under 50, then you need up to 3,000 calories every day to meet the energy levels your physical body requires. If you’re older and less active, you’ll need more calories to keep up with your job.
Exercise, exercise, exercise!
Speaking of an active lifestyle, you need to work out regularly to stay fit as well. A healthy welder can only remain healthy if he or she exercises. After all, using electrical tools plus staying still in awkward body positions can cause the body to become inflexible and stiff. Using handheld tools can even increase your risk of having carpal tunnel syndrome, which is an illness you don’t want to have. Welding tasks can also be repetitive, so you have to exercise often to make sure your body can still move when you want, how you want. Don’t ignore cardiovascular exercises like running, swimming, and cycling. They can lengthen your endurance and keep your lungs and heart healthy. An active lifestyle is what you need if you’re a welder. If you want your body to remain flexible until you’re in your 60s or 70s, then you better start heading to the gym before or after your welding job.
Wearing the right attire
Lastly, a welder can stay healthy by going to work sporting the correct welding outfit. And by that, I mean, safety glasses, a welding helmet, long sleeves, ear plugs, close-toed shoes, and welding gloves. They can keep you healthy by helping you avoid harmful flames, electrical arcs, chemicals, and fumes.
Just because you’ve been welding for a long time doesn’t mean you can skip one of those safety gears. Welding exposes you to UV radiation, bright light, plus heavy equipment like the Hobart Handler 140. It may even expose you to fire. So, to stay safe and healthy, protect your skin by wearing the recommended welding attire. The right outfit can help you avoid injuries while welding.
Stay healthy and happy as a welder!