Employers May Soon Be Legally Required to Provide Ergonomic Workstations to Workers
There has recently been a spate of lawsuits in which very large settlements have been extracted from employers who failed to provide adequate seating, and many more such suits are now working their way through class action courts. Walmart settled such a suit brought under California’s Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) for a whopping $65 million. Bank of America also settled a similar class action suit for an astounding $15 million and had to agree to accommodate all bank tellers in California with appropriate seating. Abercrombie & Fitch agreed to pay $700,000 to settle a similar class action brought by sales associates.
Holiday Guide: Office Fitness Gift Ideas
Holidays are approaching fast and if you aren't yet set on what to buy for your friends and family for Christmas, this holiday gift guide from office fitness industry might just give you ideas for at least to where start looking for a perfect present.
How Many Calories Can You Really Expect to Burn Using a Standing Desk or Treadmill Desk?
By now you may have read a number of news articles citing university research that proclaims you can raise your basal metabolic rate and burn more calories while working at a standing desk or treadmill desk.
Or perhaps you’ve read one of the Mayo Clinic’s Dr. James Levine’s books, Move a Little, Lose a Lot or Why Your Chair is Killing You and What You Can Do About It, and have a general idea that you’ll up your caloric burn into the “NEAT heart rate zone” whenever you can ditch the chair. (NEAT stands for Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis.)
Americans Rank in Bottom 15th Percentile When It Comes to Exercise
With nearly 40,000 fitness clubs in the United States and millions of FitBits, Apple Watches and other personal tracking devices being used, you’d think Americans would be in the top tier of countries measured by how much exercise they get. But according to a recent report by the World Health Organization (WHO) we Americans actually rank a dismal 143rd out of 168 countries surveyed.
Other first world countries with embarrassing stats include the UK (123rd), Singapore (126th) and Australia (97th). Kuwait was at the bottom of the chart (168th), where more than half of their population gets too little exercise. This is in contrast to relatively poor countries like Uganda and Mozambique [...]
Why Your Gaming Desk Should be a Standing Desk
With the video game industry topping 100 billion dollars in revenue in 2017, it’s little wonder that standing desk manufacturers are trying to carve out their slice of the pie by creating "gaming desks," which are, for the most part, standing desks with decals on the work surface, or speakers built into the desk. But do gamers really need standing desks? In terms of health, the answer is a definite yes. The hours that gamers spend sitting in front of their PCs are just as harmful as the hours spent sitting in a cubicle. While we primarily focus on the office environment, the health benefits of standing and NEAT don’t stop when you clock out. From that perspective, there is no reason why [...]
Top 9 Desk Stretches to Do at Your Standing Desk or Treadmill Desk
We all know standing at a desk all day can be physically exhausting, especially for those who are used to sitting for hours on end at work. Weak core muscles, tight hip flexors, poor exercise techniques and weak gluteal muscles can make it challenging for standing desk users to maintain proper posture.
Standing at a desk with poor posture on a regular basis can lead to pain in your neck, shoulders, back, legs, or feet. Here are just a handful of stretches that can be done in an office setting to prevent and relieve pain at your standing desk.