Do your employees sit at a desk all day? If the answer is yes, you should know that their health may be negatively impacted – especially if they’re sitting for 6 or more hours a day. In fact, their risk of heart disease increases by 64%, along with the risk of contracting certain types of cancer. Sitting all day could be shaving years off of employee’s live and.
After 1 year of sitting for 6+ hours a day, many employees can experience weight gain and high cholesterol. Sitting all day increases their risk for obesity and puts them at risk for back pain, poor posture, leg cramps and tense muscles. For an estimated timeline of how the effects of sitting impact your body over a twenty-year period, check out the blog post by Thorin Klosowski.
Even scarier is that too much sitting can lead to the development of Kyphosis, a curvature in the upper spine, which can then lead to neck, shoulder, back and jaw pain, tension headaches and knee problems. What’s more, when a person’s spine is not properly aligned, their internal organs have less room to do their job effectively.
Convinced that you need to be careful about the way your employees are sitting, and for how long? Check out our next blog post to see what employees can do to counteract the effects of a sedentary job.