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Workplace fitness management may pay off

Costly workplace exercise programs might improve workers' physical capacity, but researchers say that employers can gain similar benefits from providing them with personalised fitness management, which does not require space or equipment.

While supervised exercise training sessions at work have been shown to improve participants' strength and capacity, reducing the risk of accidents, falls and musculoskeletal conditions, they are expensive to run and subject to space and equipment constraints, the researchers from Japan's University of Occupational and Environmental Health say. Providing a physical therapist (PT) to plan and manage workers' personal fitness programs is a viable and more practical alternative fitness intervention.
Read more: Ryutaro Matsugaki, et al, Effects of a Physical Therapist Led Workplace Personal-Fitness Management Program for Manufacturing Industry Workers – A Randomised Controlled Trial. [Full text] Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Volume 61, Issue 11, November 2019. Source: OHS Alert

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