In “The Ultimate Office for Athletes and People Seeking a Healthier Lifestyle,” David Teten writes about what a healthier office would and should look like. He says:
The way in which most people stay in shape is fundamentally broken. They work a desk job for 8-12 hours, and then go to a gym three times a week for 45 minutes to (supposedly offset) that desk job. As the New York Times recently wrote, sitting kills.
According to research done by the Vermont Board of Education, exercise is not only healthy for you, but it also increases your productivity. Increased blood flow leads to greater cognitive abilities — the Greeks knew this. The idea of making the white collar office a healthier environment has started to enter mainstream social consciousness. A small number of offices across the country have slowly begun to endorse the idea of exercising while doing a white collar job (not before or after), e.g., walking on a treadmill while doing your job at Mutual of Omaha.
First, here are our core operating principles:
– Healthy alternatives should be truly viable alternatives, not luxury products. Almost all of our ideas cost the same or less than setting up a conventional office.
– Motion is better than no motion; stasis kills. (I would call that a life principle, not just a fitness principle.)
– Standing is healthier than sitting. Excess sitting can even shorten your life.
– Standing on a flat surface is healthier than standing on a distorted surface.
Mr. Teten then goes on to provide some detailed ideas to make your office/workspace — and hence yourself — healthier. Check out the article!