The data has existed for some time now, but it’s only been recent that businesses have started to do something about it.
Sitting at a desk for eight hours a day is horrible for your health - according to CNN, it increases risk factors for type 2 diabetes and increases the chances of contracting severe diseases. These findings - among others - have prompted businesses across the world to integrate fitness workstations into their offices.
But what’s the most effective way to do so? Let’s look at three steps you can take to add fitness workstations to your office.
This may be the most popular option for fitness integration. Treadmill desks require the user to continue walking in order to keep the power to their workstation on. This consistent, light movement throughout the day improves cardiovascular health - and they pay for themselves in time.
The initial cost may hit office managers with sticker shock, but consider this point: Lifespan Fitness provides information that shows the use of treadmill desks actually increases employee productivity.
The traditional workplace isn’t always conducive to creativity, but adding treadmill desks helps. This, in turn, allows for more robust work from employees, creating a more valuable product for your company to sell.
Wearable technology - like smart watches or VR headsets - aren’t fitness workstations in and of themselves, but they can integrate with fitness desks to help motivate employees to be healthier.
Integrating wearables into company-wide fitness competitions (or even using the information to show employees what their sedentary lifestyle really looks like, and how that can be changed for the better) can eventually create a healthier workforce. This group of healthy employees then automatically reduces the burden of health care costs for any given company.
They’ll also provide great data for the company to run fitness contests - measuring how far someone walks in a given day, their activity level, etc. And that all ties back to having workstations which can accurately quantify fitness-related data.
If you don’t want to pull the trigger on treadmill desks for the entire staff, you have the option of using desk monitors - connected to employee wearables - to monitor and track employee health. Desk monitors can let employees know how long they spend sitting and standing, how many calories they’ve burned so far, and when using those stats for a company-wide fitness competition, can provide motivation to increase the amount of activity during the workday.
This won’t have as large an impact as treadmill desks, but it’s a step in the right direction.
Fitness workstations will soon be commonplace in all offices. There’s just too much data regarding the unhealthiness of sitting for so long for the business world to avoid addressing the problem any longer.