New studies show that getting up from your desk has many health benefits.
In this day and age, it is no secret that a business needs to work hard and stay productive in order to keep ahead of the economy and come out successful at the end of the year. For employees, this means staying focused and on task throughout the work day in order to reach their maximum productivity. For employers, this means making sure that your employees are healthy and motivated to keep working hard day after day.
However, while a long, focused day of work and productivity may mean better sales for your business and better feedback from clients, sitting for hours on end and never leaving their work stations may not necessarily be the best thing for your employees.
Every employer wants their staff to be productive and dedicated to their work. However, more importantly, you want to ensure that their health and their wellness is also thriving so that they have minimal work absences and more prolific days, in addition to saving you plenty of money in health costs each year.
However, what you may not realize is that by sitting down at their desks and working hard for hours on end, your employees are actually doing more harm to their health than good.
New studies reported at the AICR Annual Research Conference on Food, Nutrition and Physical Activity are showing that sitting for long periods of time can actually increase indicators of cancer risk (sex hormone levels, insulin resistance, inflammation and body fatness), even among people who exercise daily. In fact, reports show that as many as 49,000 cases of breast cancer and 43,000 cases of colon cancer occurring in the U.S. every year are linked to a lack of physical activity, according to estimates presented at the American Institute for Cancer Research annual conference.
Based on the findings of their research, AICR is urging people everywhere to make time for physical activity and break every hour of sitting with 1 to 2 minutes of activity, especially throughout the work day. These breaks can be an activity as simple as walking to the break room to get some water, or walking to a colleague’s office instead of calling or sending an email.
Sitting for a long period of time is starting to emerge as a strong candidate for being a cancer risk all on its own. Many studies have shown the longer you sit down, the higher your risk of developing cancer. Plus, the most worrying part is that this statistic is not dependent on a person’s body weight or how much exercise they do.
To help your employees get up out of their seats and fight their risk of cancer, be sure that you are engaging them in moderate activity, such as brisk walking or stretching regularly. For many of the most common types of cancers, studies are showing that something as simple as a brisk walk for 30 minutes a day can help to reduce your cancer risk.
For more information about the benefits of physical activity in the work place, for both your employee’s health and wellness, and your company’s bottom line, be sure to contact Walkingspree today.