We all know that aerobic and strengthening exercise is one of the keys to good health. Researchers in the last 2-3 years who specialize in exercise physiology and biomechanics are finding that the positive effects of exercise can be undone by a lack of muscular activity.
This lack of muscular activity is increasing due to our long hours in the office and in our home offices after our workdays!
Some of these experiments have used mice, Australian television watchers & the people who operate the buses with the TTC and Coast Mountain bus company. With these studies have come a clearer understanding about the impact of inactivity on our health including spinal health, internal organs function and health and bone density to name a few. The findings go a step further to find that even those of us who engage in regular, aerobic exercise have many of these benefits wiped out because we sit for so many hours at work, in the car/commute and than at home either on our couches or in our home offices.
Our modern lives and use of technology have increased our risk for chronic diseases and greater rates of morbidity because we do not have to engage our anti-gravity muscles or move dynamically through our days.
University of Tennessee researcher Gregory Heath says, “Essentially, opportunities for physical activity have been systematically engineered out of our daily lives.”
At this point in time most of us now sit for more hours each day than we sleep. Our fitness levels are declining as a result of this and this is having serious impacts on both our physical and mental health.
It is time to rethink how work is completed in the office workplace. We are already seeing evidence of this in our ergonomic national ergonomic practice where employees are asking if they can find a way to sit and stand through their day at work. Employers, Interior Designers & furniture manufacturers will need to catch up with this demand; employee’s health is at stake as is their productivity.
The Ergonomic Team at Optimal Performance (note this article as written entirely in a standing posture).