By John Arenas | April 8, 2014

The Latest Epidemic in Worker Productivity

One quarter of American workers now have some form of workplace flexibility. Unfortunately, their bodies aren’t as flexible as their work life.

It might have something to do with the way they sit… and the amount of time they spend sitting.

Recent studies have revealed that poor posture is leading to a steep decline in workplace productivity. Since many working Americans spend more than half their day at a desk, many of us are likely to develop health risks. Specifically, years of endless sitting can lead to organ damage, muscle degeneration, leg disorders, back problems and general fogginess.

Many people work on correcting posture when watching television or during other activities, but most don’t consider the effects of bad posture habits at the workplace. Showing up for 40 plus hours a week is usually enough obligation for most people to handle.

With that said, it’s not like innovators aren’t on a mission to solve this problem. Many products that include, but aren’t limited to, ergonomic chairs, desks and keyboards have emerged over the last decade. While these commodities are helpful, they’re not doing enough to erase the workplace posture epidemic.

One start up, Perfectore Corporate Wellness, created a system that aims to correct spinal alignment. While wearing the Posture Transformer, one can expect to achieve better posture, strengthen their core and relieve 70 pounds of pressure on their neck, back and joints. Not only can you wear this gear while sitting at the desk, it can be worn while walking around.

While the workplace has made leaps and bounds over the last 50 years, we’re yet to find a complete alternative to sitting at a desk. We can alleviate sedentary habits by taking a walk or utilizing a standing desk, but for most professionals, sitting at a desk takes up the majority of their day. Nevertheless, products like the Posture Transformer are paving the way to making sitting less hazardous.

Make sure you check out, “Meetings: Walk, Don’t Sit” for other ways to combat the dangers of habitual sitting.

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