More and more research is being conducted on the dangers of “sitting” too much. A study of 6,300 people by Vanderbilt University published in the American Journal of Epidemiology estimated that the average American spends 55% of waking time (7.7 hours per day) in sedentary behaviors such as sitting. According to Martha Grogan, a cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic, people who sit most of the day have the same risk of a heart attack as someone who smokes. What’s the solution? Get your employees to move more!
Rethink workspace design by integrating physical fitness into daily work activities to encourage workers to become healthier. A variety of office design options help encourage activity including a desk outfitted with an exercise ball instead of a chair, standing or treadmill workstations, anti-fatigue mats for employees to stand on while they work, ergonomic telephone headsets and keyboards and hand grippers, wobble boards and pedometers. Promote use of devices like the Jawbone Up and FitBit – these help integrate fitness all day by accurately tracking calories burned, steps taken, walking distance, etc. Just promote standing more – standing a little more each day tones muscles, improves posture, increases blood flow, ramps up metabolism and burns extra calories. Simple and small adjustments to the workspace help employees get in the mindset of fitness from the minute they arrive at their workstations until it becomes a natural part of their daily routine.