Diabetes, Obesity, high blood sugar, coronary heart disease and high cholesterol are all huge health issues in today’s scenario, and the factor that is majorly contributory to this is our sedentary lifestyle. But what exactly is a sedentary lifestyle?
The term “sedentary lifestyle” means leading a life that comprises of very little exercise or physical activity. If you never play sports, workout, or walk more than 5 minutes from and to your car, then you also fall in this category. If you spend time online, watch a lot of television, or play video games, then you are actually sitting for a lot of time and this is something very unhealthy. We all are likely to walk near about 3000 steps a day by just doing the basics things of our routine life like moving around the house and the office. This is equivalent to walking 20 minutes a day and is classed as a sedentary lifestyle.
Sedentary Workplace has turned out to be a standard these days, and it’s actually responsible for a lot of problems for both employers and employees. For employees, inactivity can result in obesity, repetitive strain injuries, depression, stress, fatigue, increased susceptibility to colds and flu, increased headaches, and a lot of serious issues like diabetes, heart disease, stroke etc.
On the other hand for employers, an unhealthy worker means an increase in a number of sick days, decreasing productivity, higher health care claims, a rise in employee turnover, as well as lower workplace morale.
The best thing you must do to avoid a sedentary workplace is to support and encourage walking as an everyday activity! As an employer, you can tender resources, workplace programs, incentives, to get your employees for moving in direction of a healthier lifestyle.
You can also try the following ideas to avoid a sedentary workplace:
- Start small – Encourage your employees to start walking at least 10 or 15 minutes on a regular basis. Starting with baby steps is far better than not starting at all. Once your employees develop a habit of walking, they will be able to cover longer walks.
- Offer attractive resources on walking routes around the area of your office, promote climbing stairs instead of elevators and conduct different form of physical activity at your workplace to keep your employees engaged.
- Encourage employees to participate in aerobics, yoga sessions, and outdoor games. Promote these groups in your newsletters and through word-of-mouth and posters.
- Start fun challenges that promote physical activity and offer incentives to keep the employees motivated. Conduct competitions in office and encourage employees to record, track, as well as share their progress.
- Build role models and encourage the managers at the upper level to walk and participate in physical activity as this works as a great motivation factor for the employees at lower levels.
Spread a culture of physical activity in the workplace. Encourage and support your employees to develop a healthy lifestyle because “Health is the Real Wealth”.