THE DANGERS OF SITTING STILL AT WORK

Jake Desk

Are you aware that the cost of absenteeism in Australia is estimated at $7 billion each year, yet research shows that workplace health programs resulted in a 25% decrease in sick leave absenteeism, 41% decrease in workers compensation costs, 24% decrease in disability management costs and $5.81 of savings for every $1 invested in employee well-being?

The World Health Organization and the Australian Government recognise the workplace as a priority for the promotion of good health. Research is now linking high amounts of sedentary time – or prolonged sitting at work as a potential occupational hazard which is linked to premature death, heart disease and diabetes

Recent evidence that (as a population health risk) reducing your total time spent sitting may be more important than increasing physical activity alone. An office worker who meets the minimum recommendations for physical activity (such as brisk walking or cycling for at least 30 minutes, 5 times per week) may not reduce their risk of poor health if they typically sit for prolonged periods throughout the day.

Further research indicates that employees who spend 2.5 hours per week exercising during work hours can attain higher productivity levels than their less physically active colleagues. Do you know what the dangers of sitting still are and how you can combat these?

Over the coming weeks, the team at SOLID RACKS will be focusing on exercises and techniques specifically tailored for the workplace that will:

  • Assist your mental and physical well-being
  • Increase your productivity
  • Decrease your sick days
  • Reduce your risk of diseases
  • Improve your life expectancy