3 Ways to Help Employees Stay Healthy in a Sedentary World
It’s easy to have a sedentary lifestyle when you are forced to sit at a desk all day long for five days a week. Sitting for prolonged periods lead to the body substantially decreasing production of the enzyme lipase, which helps break down fat. It is also well documented that sitting put a lot of pressure on the spine, primarily the discs, which are responsible for cushioning impact between the vertebrae. The truth is it’s hard for employees to stay healthy when having a sedentary lifestyle. The good news is employers can promote corporate health in different ways to ensure they at least have the ability to take healthy actions. Here are a few easy ways this can happen.
Set Up Ergonomic Work Spaces
Ergonomic work spaces go beyond simply providing a chair with a quality back support. In addition to a comfortable chair, the desk should be at the appropriate height based on the employee’s height and the space should allow for employees to get up and move when needed. Good spine care practices involve stretching all major muscle groups, especially the back periodically throughout the day, so allowing an employee to do so will go a long way in enticing them to actually do it.
Allow For Breaks
When you combine stress with a sedentary lifestyle, you’re more likely to experience health-related issues. Taking a break for 10-15 minutes a couple times throughout the day where total body movement is taking place (walking, stretching, etc.) gives the body a chance to reset a bit and clear the mind. If your workspace allows for it, consider setting up a small fitness room so employees can walk or lift light weights to relieve some stress. But even if you don’t have the space for a workout station like this, you can still promote corporate health by encouraging employees to spend 10-15 minutes away from their desk a couple times a day. Most of the time employees will take advantage of it and move around more as a result.
Establish An Employee Wellness Program
The benefits of employee wellness programs extend beyond just giving employees a resource for being healthy. The unique thing about these programs is they can be designed to fit the overall culture of your workplace. That could simply mean having a fitness instructor lead a class a couple times a week at your office. Employees are typically receptive to employee wellness programs in general, especially since more people are becoming conscious about their health and wellbeing.
DBC Active Spine Care® believes corporate health plays a big role in a person’s overall health. As an employer, there’s an added incentive for you to help employees stay healthy, since it leads to more productivity, less downtime due to injuries and an overall positive environment. Our programs are designed to help employees alleviate any pain they are experiencing, as well as understand the underlying issues to promote long-term health. Feel free to contact us at any time to learn more about how we can promote a healthy environment in your workplace.