What are the risks of not being physically active in the workplace?

People who don’t get enough physical activity either at work or at home risk:

  • Premature death
  • Heart disease
  • Obesity
  • High-blood pressure
  • Adult-onset diabetes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Stroke
  • Depression
  • Colon cancer

Employees who aren’t physically active can have a negative impact on businesses, such as:

  • increased employee benefit costs
  • reduced productivity
  • decreased employee satisfaction
  • increased absenteeism
  • increased short- and long-term disability payments
  • increased levels of worker’s compensation

Fatigue, inattention, and accidents are also more common among inactive employees. In fact, research suggests that physical inactivity is as dangerous to your health as smoking.

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