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."