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Exercise out of reach for employees

12 September 2011 - 4:23pm

New research has highlighted the need for companies to look after the health of their workforce, as many are struggling to find the time to exercise.

Employees who have a weekly workload of 49 hours or more are likely to exercise at lower levels - or not at all in some cases - than those working 15 hours or fewer.

The lack of time is a key factor, as many simply cannot maintain a balance between work and a healthy lifestyle.

Employers could do well to address the lack of balance through corporate health plans and healthy living awareness initiatives.

The benefits can include seeing a drop in the instances of cardiovascular disease in their workforce.

According to the report: "Men who were sedentary or exercised at low levels were more likely to have heart, stroke or vascular disease than those who had exercised at moderate or high levels - eight per cent compared with six per cent."

This is particularly relevant in workplace environments where the job requires staff to sit at a desk for extended periods of time.

The ABS states: "Rates of overweight and obesity were higher for men aged 18 to 64 who were employed full-time and sat for four hours or more per day at work - 73 per cent - than those who sat for less than four hours - 66 per cent."