Pedal Power the Key to Healthier Office Workers?
Workers in office space across the world can lead an inactive existence, with the biggest exertion often being the trip to the kettle or to the overloaded fridge to collect their lunch.
But for all the international office space potatoes out there – help is at hand, with a group of American scientists suggesting that employers should introduce portable pedal machines to help boost the health of their desk-chained workforce.
Published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, the US researchers explain how the introduction of even a small amount of exercise can help tackle a string of health problems ΓÇô with the inactivity often experienced by office workers highlighted as a particular area of concern.
ΓÇ£Portable pedal machines may serve as a tool to reduce sedentary times in the work environment without necessarily influencing the sitting time necessary for performing computer-related tasksΓÇ¥ explained a spokesperson for the group.
The health problems which could be addressed include diabetes, obesity and heart disease, all of which have been linked to low levels of physical exercise.
ΓÇ£ItΓÇÖs increasingly being recognised that employers have an opportunity to provide options for staff to become more active during the working dayΓÇ¥ stated Dr Ian Campbell, who works for the organisation.
ΓÇ£In principle this is a good idea, and relatively inexpensive. If used regularly not only would individuals benefit, but employers would see reduced absenteeism and improved performance and job satisfactionΓÇ¥
ΓÇ£However, itΓÇÖs not for everyone and I was concerned that, not surprisingly, use of the pedal machine decreased gradually over the one month trial period as enthusiasm wanedΓÇ¥
So does the idea of working-out while working appeal to you? Would the opportunity to turn your office space into a healthier environment be practical? Or would the idea of sitting next to a slightly-sweaty colleague do little for your motivation and more for the sales of deodorant?