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What if HR could tell employees at your business how they could add up to two years to their lifespan? You’d certainly get people’s attention — because it’s true.
Employees can exercise, stay away from cigarettes and other unhealthy habits, and be generally physically active, but if they’re chained to their chairs for more than three hours a day, they could lose up to two years off their life expectancy, according to a recent medical study.
Want to stack the odds even more? Employees who go home and watch more than 2 hours of TV a day can whack another 1.4 years off their expected lifespan.
(Have you stood up yet since you began reading this? You’re not the only one.)
Telling people that being active for 30 minutes a day is enough to ward sedentary lethargy isn’t enough, one of the lead researchers said.
It’s great to exercise and be active — but there are still a lot of hours left in the work day that need to be accounted for.
Problem is, not many jobs these days lend themselves to spending a lot of time on your feet.
Some suggestions you can make to employees to help counterbalance the risks of spending too much time in their seat:
- Start taking your phone calls on the speaker phone, so you can stand up while you’re talking.
- Instead of sending someone in your building — near or far — an email, get up and walk to that person’s work area and talk about it, and
- Set a time each day to walk outside. Recruit a couple of co-workers and it’ll help all of you to keep your commitment, and prevent the boredom of a solitary walker.