Interesting to think about this issue due to the abundance of research indicating that prolonged sitting is detrimental to a person’s health. Could there be legal issues surrounding the requirement for employees to sit all day especially since 86 percent of American workers do just that in the office?
In Australia, “The National Heart Foundation is lobbying business groups to systematically make regular low level standing activity a workplace requirement armed with the warning they face a legal duty of care to workers on par with banning smoking from the workplace.” Is the office of the future one that provides employees with treadmill desks, standing conferences, and walking meetings?
James A. Levine, M.D., Ph.D, of the Mayo Clinic offers some advice to get us all up and moving into the future and a healthy lifestyle.
- Sit less and move more overall. Start simply by standing rather than sitting whenever you have the chance.
- Stand while talking on the phone or eating lunch.
- If you work at a desk for long periods of time, try a standing desk.
- Think about ways to walk while you work such as walking laps with colleagues during a meeting.
- Position your work surface above a treadmill — with a computer screen and keyboard on a stand or a specialized treadmill-ready vertical desk — so that you can be in motion throughout the day.
Tell Us: what changes are taking place in your office to help employees stand up and move? We’d like to hear from you.
Want to know how much you sit all day? The Sitting Time Calculator can help and might be the catalyst you need to get YOU up and moving.
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