Occupational Health and Safety Risks of Sitting

The office immobility is an imminent occupational health and safety issue but it is simple and cost-effective to resolve. If resolved, it leads to better life expectancy for office workers and a huge productivity increases for the business.

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by TONY OLEJNICKI | Creator of the QLS Program

There is a new epidemic of public health imminent but avoidable, the office immobility. There is so much evidence now that prolong sitting is detrimental to the human health and it lowers life expectancy. In fact sitting is more dangerous than cigarette smoking and alcohol consumption. It kills more people than HIV infection.

How will the legal system deal in the future with a negligent behavior of a business causing horrendous health implications to long-term employees?
What are the solutions?

In 50’s and 60’s it was not uncommon to think about cigarette smoking as not only harmless but the chick and beneficial to thinking. Yet tobacco industry had the evidence how unhealthy and dangerous the habit was; they denied and withdrew the research results from the public. When exposed in 80’s the industry faced serious legal implication and costs. A similar battle is raging currently with the alcohol industry. The situation is far more complex because the alcohol consumption is so entrenched in the community’s norms.

Smoking and drinking are personal issues solvable by individuals however sitting has to be addressed by the businesses. The good news is that it effects everybody equally including office workers, management, and executives. There are no particular evil forces hiding or confusing information for some nefarious gains. So it should be easy to deal with. Whether you are an office worker, manager or CEO you really don’t want to develop the sedentary condition in your 40’s and 50’s, suffer over last 15-25 working years and retire with a huge super but unable to enjoy retirement in a meaningful way.

The sedentary behavior is insidious. It happens in slow increments starting with muscle atrophy, where muscle tissue gets replaced by the fat. This affects the levels of hormones and enzymes leading often to an irreversible deterioration of other body systems. The majority of office workers experience elevated blood pressure, cholesterol and sugar levels leading to diabetes, heart diseases and strokes in as early as in 40’s or 50’s, what suppose to be the prime time of life.

The human body has evolved to an upright position. A prolong sitting, no matter how ergonomic the chair is,  weakens skeleton and joints not being stimulated by the movement. This leads to back pain, joints pain and other conditions.
The evidence is ocean deep starting from epidemiological studies, sedentary behavior studies, physiological studies to the evidence at DNA level.

Once acquired, the sitting complications are costly, difficult and unpleasant to deal with, they may be terminal for the victim and costly for the public health system. The positive news is that the prevention is really simple and cost-effective. The simple answer is the office mobility.

The mobility environment is not only healthy for the office worker but it is also beneficial for the business. The mobility not only stimulates muscular system but it also wakes up neural system leading to a better self-awareness, productivity, creativity and increased personal energy for the office workers, so they are alert all the time and don’t doze off during the day and in particularly after lunch.

Transition to office mobility offered by the QLS program is a systematic and sustainable approach with a high rate of success and cost-effectiveness.

Tony Olejnicki – an engineer, writer, motivator and exercise physiologist specializing in high altitude training – is the creator of IMA (Infinite Mountain Adventure), an inspirational company helping professional working in an office environment to improve life quality and experience a motivational Himalayan adventure.

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