Keeping workers healthy is essential for most businesses, but they may be doing employees a disservice without even realizing it. The Los Angeles Times points to a recent study from the American Medical Association that suggests sitting for too long of a time period could lead to obesity.
In fact, the researchers are encouraging workplaces across the country to offer other alternatives to sitting all day long.
“Prolonged sitting, particularly in work settings, can cause health problems, and encouraging work places to offer employees alternatives to sitting all day will help to create a healthier workforce,” AMA board member Dr. Patrice Harris said in a statement.
There are other ways workers can do their jobs without worrying about putting their health at risk. For example, buying embossed anti fatigue mats for the office can encourage standing while still protecting workers’ legs from feeling tired and strained.
If you’re worried about your workers sitting too long on the job, you’re not alone. According to the Mayo Clinic, as much as 70 percent of Americans reportedly sit more than six hours a day. To that point, the news provider suggests that if people were to cut their sitting time in half – roughly three hours a day – they could add up to two years to their life expectancy.
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