Why Sitting is the New SmokingPosted on February 17, 2015
If you are like most Americans, one of the unhealthiest parts of your lifestyle is what you do five days a week: sitting at work. Too much sitting is without a doubt unhealthy.
“Sitting is the new smoking,” says CEO of Interactive Health, Cathy Kenworthy in Why Corporate Wellness Programs Are Not Nudging Employees Out of Their Chairs. The more hours we sit, the more likely we are to develop diabetes, heart disease and suffer from sluggish metabolisms. According to a new study, sitting even ages us at a cellular level: Sit Less Live Longer?
Employers can play a big role in overcoming the sitting syndrome and improving the overall health of their employees. Healthy, active employees are actually more productive, more creative problem solvers, and generally more happy than their counterparts, who sit 8+ hours a day.
How can you help
So how do you help your employer help you? First, arm yourself with research on how effective corporate wellness programs improve companies’ bottom lines, including lowering healthcare premiums in many cases. Then request reasonable changes. These can include:
- Sit-stand desks
- Flexible work schedules
- A mobile fitness program such as Kokoda, which offers on-site workouts and built-in motivation. Check out our corporate programs here.
What you can do on your own to make your workday healthier:
- Take breaks for jumping jacks and walks
- When you are on a phone call, use a headset so you can stand up and walk around
- Get outside for a non-smoking (standing) break to chat with colleagues
- Schedule exercise in your calendar like you would for appointments