Health, function, and performance benefits of workplace strength training programs
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Physical activity has long been a mainstay for workplace health programs. Many companies have implemented walking campaigns, 10,000 Steps programs, exercise facilities and corporate gyms, and incentives for employees to engage in ongoing activities that allow them to adopt and maintain healthy levels of physical activity. The purpose of a physical activity program in the workplace traditionally has been about prevention and optimal management of chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and various forms of cancer. Hence, the emphasis has been on aerobic types of activity. However, one of the most prevalent conditions that affect workers is musculoskeletal disorders. Although general types of activity and exercise may prove helpful in addressing such chronic health issues, strength training has emerged as an effective tool to address a variety of health issues that burden workers. In particular, it seems to be helpful in alleviating musculoskeletal pain and may even be successful in reducing productivity loss while enhancing indicators of physical and emotional function.