If their roles are very manual where they are active most of the day then your workforce may be pretty healthy & already be reaping the benefits, however if their roles are largely sedentary then there could be trouble ahead!
Our modern-day lifestyles involve us sitting a lot (at home, commuting & relaxing) so if we also sit for our job then our bodies just aren’t getting the movement that is so vital to our health. When we sit for long periods (i.e. 30min upwards) our blood circulation is restricted due to our compressed position, you may notice this as numbness or swelling in the legs. Additionally, our spinal position means that our shoulders turn in tightening our chest whilst putting our back muscles under tremendous strain as they try to hold us up against gravity.
Ultimately leading to weight gain, a higher risk of heart disease & impaired mental performance. This isn’t necessarily the individuals’ fault but could be seen as an occupational hazard.
We have a responsibility to the health of our employees whilst at work & a fantastic opportunity to positively impact their physical & mental health. The solution isn’t an expensive office chair or a shoulder rub at the desk but a range of well thought out relevant & realistic measures. One thing that I see popping up time-again in industry research is that VARIETY is key, both for the best health results & for successful employee engagement.
Here at Occupational Fitness, we specialize in such measures; educating to worker and providing them / you with the tools needed. So, if you would like help with your workplace health & wellbeing programme, please feel free to get in touch.