Research continues to show that promoting employee wellness programs to encourage physical activity improves the overall health and well being of the workforce, ultimately benefiting employers.

Never has there been a more urgent need for physical activity in the workplace. According to the latest statistics, adult obesity rates now exceed 35% in seven states, 30% in 29 states, and 25% in 48 states.

But just how much exercise are we talking, here? Outfitted with the right furniture and programs, employees can receive an ample amount of exercise throughout the workday.

The office chair is undoubtedly the most used piece of furniture in your office.

Choosing a comfortable and ergonomic one  is the best way to ensure complete focus without distractions from discomfort. In addition to providing ease, there are several exercises you can do using just your chair for equipment.

  • If you have a swivel chair, lift your feet off the ground, hold onto the corner of your desk with the pads of your fingers, and completely turn your body from side to side. That’s a great exercise to strengthen your core.
  • Another option is to use a stationary chair as a base for triceps dips. Facing away from the chair, with both hands on the edge of the seat, lower your body until your elbows are at about a 90-degree angle. Lift your body back up until your arms are straight.

Another piece of office furniture that’s proving to deliver phenomenal wellness results is the height-adjustable desk. Because it allows employees to alternate between sitting and standing throughout the day, the desk helps improve posture and reduce aches and pains. While height-adjustable desks offer greater mobility and can help improve productivity, the treadmill desk provides next-level benefits. This walking desk can improve mental health, physical wellness, and job performance.

Outfitting your office with furniture and equipment that provides health benefits will motivate your workforce to get active before, during, and after work. Ultimately this benefits not only them, but also your company.

For help designing a more physically active environment, contact Alliance Corporate Services.