From the Courier Mail, Brisbane, Friday 22 February 2012
TREADMILLS in the office, seats that beep after 30 minutes of use and adjustable standing-sitting desks are the latest weapons being deployed in the battle of the bulge.
With the negative health effects of prolonged sitting making it the smoking of our generation, bosses are now encouraging walking meetings and even installing treadmills in offices to get their staff literally thinking on their feet.
National treadmill distributor Workout World Camperdown general manager, Steven To, said there have been a number of companies calling on them to install treadmills in office spaces.
“We have found it is law firms and offices located next to industrial sites that have asked for them,” he said.
“Most of the time they are asking for two treadmills at a time instead of just the single ones.”
A range of studies has found sitting for prolonged periods increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity and cancer because of increased blood pressure and sugar, excessive body fat and abnormal cholesterol levels.
Australian company Get the World Moving, which runs the Global Corporate Challenge to get sedentary office workers off their backsides, last month installed two office treadmills facing each other so employees can have walking meetings.
Appliance giants Miele Australia are another company conducting some of their meetings while walking.
Global Corporate Challenge marketing manager Jayne Foot said they are already seeing the benefits.
“We decided to install the treadmills to cater for bad weather and facilitate the opportunity for staff to take a walking meeting, rain, hail or shine,” she said.
“It’s also great for individual employees who want a quick energy charge, as they can jump on and get active whenever they feel like it.
“We find walking meetings especially helpful for brainstorming sessions or meetings later in the afternoon, when energy levels can naturally slump.”
The University of Queensland late last year developed a device dubbed the “sitting pad”, which emits a loud beep when its occupant should get up and move around.
Google, Commonwealth Bank and Macquarie Bank are also providing workers with both sitting and standing desks.
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