Exercise Right at Work

For many of us, sitting down for the majority of our day is inevitable and unavoidable. But this time spent sitting along with the time we sit on the way to and from work, whilst having dinner, and whilst winding down watching TV after work, is seriously detrimental to our health.   For example, those who's jobs require them to sit down all day, are twice as likely to develop cardiovascular disease than someone who's job requires them to be moving around all day.   It's unavoidable for many of us; we spend a lot of time staring at screens and sitting down, in our work...

Do you sit in the car on the way to the train station? Do you have an office job that requires 8-9 hours of sitting each day? Do you go out for lunch during work hours and sit as well? Do you catch public transport home and sit down the whole way? Do you go home and sit in front of the TV for a few hours before you sleep? The ABS estimated 10.4 million people aged 18 years and over (or 61% of adults) worked in a job or business. These workers spent an average of just over 16 hours sitting...

Do you spend 8-9 hours a day working on a desk? Do you often have lower back pain, shoulder pain, or neck pain at the end of the day? [caption id="attachment_7170" align="alignright" width="378"] Credit: University of Western Australia[/caption]   There is growing evidence that there needs to be suppleness in the way we sit at computer workstations. While there is not one correct way to sit at a workstation, seating should support postures that can be changed frequently within a comfortable range throughout the day. It should accommodate the: work being done visual demands workers’ individual differences.   Every individual should trial different positions to work the...

Work. It's a fact of life that we can't avoid. We spend years working in one occupation which can have massive effects on our health and well being.   Whether you love or hate your job, we need to step back and look at how changes our body and mind and why we need to exercise right for our circumstances. To find out how to Exercise Right for your uniqueness, take the Exercise Right quiz.   Why it's important to Exercise Right at work   A variety of jobs involve a range of repetitive movements, static postures and/or increase sedentary time which can have devastating effects on the health...

Whether you drive an small inner-city delivery truck or a huge semi-trailer up and down the length of Australia, most drivers have something in common - poor health.   According to WorkSafe Victoria, the transport industry has a unique set of conditions that means it is high risk when it comes to the health and wellbeing of its workers. Results of a survey by the Department of Health and Ageing showed: 82.5% were overweight or obese 79.8% low physical inactivity   The industry also has an ageing workforce with 46 % of workers over the age of 45. This means almost half of workers are...

Tradies are used to a lot of hard yakka which brings with it a heap of aches, pains and sometimes, injuries.   You spend a lot of time and money looking after your tools, but it's important to know how to Exercise Right and look after the most important piece of equipment – YOU! To find out how to Exercise Right for your uniqueness, take the Exercise Right quiz.    Top 4 Exercise Tips for Tradies   1. Control the Core If you were to ask what the biggest pain issue for tradies – the most likely answer would be back and neck. Now besides not lifting properly (yes, you know who...

Are you a slave to the student life?   If your only cardio at the moment is running out of time to submit assignments, you may be surprised to discover the benefits that exercise has regarding academic performance. Find out how to Exercise Right for student life.   1. Your brain is a battery – recharge it regularly   The ability to sustain your attention is closely linked to academic performance, particularly when studying for an upcoming exam or filtering through research papers for an assignment.  Research has found that individuals with lower cardiorespiratory fitness have poorer attention capacities and make more mistakes than their fit counterparts.   It’s...

It’s no secret, healthcare workers have some of the most strenuous jobs around, both mentally and physically.   From doctors and nurses, to paramedics and dentists, each and every day they spend hours on their feet looking after the well-being of others – but what about their own health and physical activity levels? Find out how to Exercise Right at Work for Healthcare. A recent Australian study on nurses and midwives found that the group that achieved (or over achieved) the recommended level of sleep and exercise, had a lower body mass index than any other group and were the least likely to...

You will know that if you work in hospitality it involves long days and long nights on your feet and the last thing you feel like doing is exercising.   Yet, have you thought what a lack of exercise could be doing your body? If you're a 'hospo', here are some of the key reasons why you need to exercise more: Stress – you work in an industry which can be extremely stressful. Difficult customers, demands of owning a small business and coping with the long hours can increase your stress levels. Exercise can be the best natural remedy to help reduce the...

As Dolly Parton told us all, working ‘9 to 5’ is something most of us cannot avoid. What Dolly didn’t say was that on average a desk job worker sits for 1920 hours a year and that could be killing us. Australian statistics show that 68.5% of the workforce are either sedentary of have very low levels of activity. Essentially, we go to work and sit for eight hours and that fact is having serious effects on our health. Even for those desk job workers who do exercise outside of work, all their good work could be negated by the amount of sitting...