We can help you and your colleagues/employees avoid the “sitting disease”. Sitting is the new smoking, that’s the tag line that sedentary workers are now facing. The average British person spends almost 9 hours sat down in addition to sleeping hours, this is much higher in occupations which require long periods sat at a computer or driving.
The impact of a sedentary lifestyle
Multiple studies have been completed to investigate the impact of a sedentary lifestyles and it does make some scary reading. The impacts include much greater risks of:
- Coronary heart disease
- Weight gain and obesity
- Increased blood pressure
- Eyesight deterioration
- Mental health issues such as anxiety and depression
- Difficulty managing stress which in turn can cause weight gain and pain
- Postural issues both aesthetic and resulting in chronic pain
- Inefficient and dysfunctional muscular function
- Degeneration of muscle and bones
- Recurring injuries in sports – that’s right, you’re not immune even if you are active outside of work
- Negative impact on sports performance
- Reduced productivity
A happy workforce
Whether field, home or office based, much of this is avoidable through empowering your employees to be able to move regularly and change their working position, very small changes can have a big impact on maintaining a healthy, happy workforce.
The UK Chief Medical Officer advises that even breaking up periods of sitting by just 2-3 minutes per hour can have an extremely positive effect on our health and the infographic below provides a few practical tips on how you can build habits that will have a lasting effect.
Sitting less and moving more is the answer.
Sit/stand desks are great when used correctly, but they can be just as negative when not utilised appropriately, which is surprisingly common. The majority of pain suffered in sedentary roles is lifestyle related, at least initially but these can progress to more serious problems as time goes on – but typically can be managed with habitual and lifestyle tweaks and exercise.
Coming from a corporate financial services sales background, combined with my long history in various impact sports and exercise, and having being a long-term chronic back pain sufferer, I have lived through the hours hunched at a desk, over a steering wheel, and long meetings sat around a table.
How I can help
I’ve felt the pain, suffered the detrimental effects on my body and mind, for years a lunch break wasn’t a thing and I have witnessed with frustration the hugely counter-productive effects that this type of culture has on a business and the people who make it what it is.
I can provide tailored talks on this subject to help to encourage employees to move more, along with tips around habit change in line with a desktop appraisal to check DSE set up. I can consult management to try and help to implement an improved culture, as well as specific advice around desks, chairs and other equipment to give your workforce the tools they need to move more and vary position.
In addition, I can arrange drop-in sessions for you and your employees which can include postural assessments, conversations around pain with lifestyle advice, recommendations of exercises to help manage pain, balance the body and maintain health and wellbeing.
Practical, technical and fun modern Pilates sessions can also be provided if you have the appropriate space on site as a one-off or ongoing arrangement.
Pilates has been shown to:
- Improve posture
- Ease and even cure back, neck and shoulder pain
- Enhance sports performance
- Reduce the severity and rate of occurrence of injury
- Aid injury recovery
- Strengthen the entire body with a particular focus on core strength
- Increase flexibility and mobility
- Balances the body improving muscular function
- Enhance focus
- Reduce stress
Please do get in touch if you want to help your employees become healthier, happier and more productive.