Does Standing Up Produce Sharper Minds?

Office desks at which you stand are all the rage. Abundant evidence suggests that sitting down for long periods is bad for health, and that working standing up is thus better for you. But is it better for the job? A piece of research just published in Psychological Science by Yaniv Mama of Ariel University,… Read More

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Work-related Physical Activity: Boon & Bane!

Research Paper Title Physical Activity as Cause and Cure of Muscular Pain: Evidence of Underlying Mechanisms. Abstract Work-related physical activity (PA), in terms of peak loads and sustained and/or repetitive contractions, presents risk factors for the development of muscular pain and disorders. However, PA as a training tailored to the employee’s work exposure, health, and… Read More

5 Simple Ways to Maximise Your Brain Health

The Alzheimer’s Australia ‘Your Brain Matter’ programme provides a checklist to see if a person is taking steps to keep their brain healthy and reduce their risk of dementia. The five steps are: Step 1: Look after your heart: I have had my blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar (glucose) and weight checked in the last… Read More

Heat Exposure: Linking Balance Ability, Physical Performance & Workload

Research Paper Title Physiological Responses and Balance Ability are Affected by Physical Workload and Heat Exposure in Workers. Introduction Japan is experiencing high temperatures and relative humidity (rh) during the summer months, which lead to increases in the incidence of heat stroke among outdoor workers. According to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare in… Read More

Can Motorways Promote Active Travel?

Research Paper Title Effects of New Motorway Infrastructure on Active Travel in the Local Population: A Retrospective Repeat Cross-Sectional Study in Glasgow, Scotland. Background Promoting active travel is an important part of increasing population physical activity, which has both physical and mental health benefits. A key benefit described by the then Scottish Government of the… Read More

Workplace Fitness: Climbing the Ladder

If you like your workplace ‘edgy’, the latest trend to hit the east coast of the US is for you. Brooklyn Boulders (BKB) runs shared working spaces combined with gyms: desks are fitted with heave bars and fitness equipment, and there is even an entire rock climbing centre between the rows of workstations. “I’ll be… Read More