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Seven Tips for Employees to Combat Sedentary Jobs

Many employees spend eight to ten hours each day seated, hunched over their computer screen, involved in tasks that require intense focus and limited movement.

Although computers have transformed businesses of all sizes, they have also led to a rise in sedentary jobs. This shift has led to a decline of movement in the workplace and brought with it new health concerns and bad habits. A growing amount of research shows that increased time spent sitting and obesity are taking years off our lives.

A recent poll by EMPLOYERS® looked at ergonomics in small business workplaces and found that 77 percent of small businesses do not provide non-traditional seating options such as stand-up desks or balance balls to employees, despite research showing that sitting for extended periods of time can lead to increased risks of heart disease, cancer and other ailments. The survey also found that 42 percent of small businesses do not provide monitor stands to improve the posture and comfort of employees who primarily work on computers.

Here are a few ways you and your employees can be healthier in a sedentary work environment:

A desk job does not mean you have to remain inactive. By incorporating these simple strategies into your daily work routine, you are one step closer to combating the health risks associated with sedentary work.