Over the last few centuries, the image of the average American worker has changed significantly. During the Industrial Revolution, most male workers labored in factories. With new technologies and America becoming more consumer-based, most jobs now are located sitting in an office building.
Since many forms of employment are becoming increasingly sedentary, it is taking the toll on our health. The typical office job today requires less labor-intensive duties than the average job 100 years ago, which included more factory labor. A new report shows the typical office worker spends longer sitting each day than a typical retiree.
This report looks into the typical lifestyle of an office worker and highlights why many people are at risk of developing obesity, or are already obese. Heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes, cancers and poor mental health have all been linked to sedentary behavior. A desk-bound job requires little in the way of physical activity.
It surprised me when the study stated that the typical office worker spends more time sitting than a typical person aged over 75 years old. Middle-aged men spend close to half an hour longer seated every weekday than a retiree. Working women aged under 45 fall only six minutes short of the activity levels of elderly people. In order to prevent all of the horrible diseases that are linked to sedentary behavior, America’s workers must become more active.
These figures reflect the changing forms of employment, where manufacturing has shifted to services, and the tendency towards a longer-hours working culture. With jobs no longer being as labor-intensive, workplace wellness is more important than ever. The typical U.S. adult spends nine to 10 hours each day sitting. This is such a level of inactivity that even a 30- or 60-minute workout cannot counteract its effects.
In order for workers to become more active, the workplace should encourage employees to take more exercise in their leisure time and encourage the use of technology like sit-to-stand desks, which can move up and down, to reduce work sedentary time. A related technological idea is the treadmill desk that enables a person to ‘walk’ whilst working. These are desks with a modified treadmill base attached to a counter level work surface. Most belts are designed to go at a low speed, within the 1-2 miles per hour range.
Incorporating a wellness regimen like receiving mobile chair massage into the average workday will gradually increase wellness in the workplace.
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