The National Academy of Medicine published March’s recommendations and stated that “important to consider the level of physical activity at work and sedentary behaviour at work as determinants of your health”.

The digital age has led to a greater amount of sitting work, which can have serious medical implications. The report’s coordinator Professor Xavier Bigard says that certain groups experienced an increase in activity and sedentary times because of the promotion of telework.

Nordic walking, muscle strengthening and badminton are all good options. The prevention of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and other conditions is possible through physical activity. All work-related diseases, including low back pain and burnout.

According to Maud Petit (MoDem) and Aude Amadou, only one fifth of companies (18%) offer physical activity to their employees.

VSEs, which have less than ten employees, are 96% of France’s economic fabric.

There are many hurdles: employers face difficulties in accessing sports equipment, lack financial support, fear of being held liable for an accident, and employees who consider sport a private matter and a hobby have a hard time motivating themselves.

They suggest that you talk about sport and physical activity to attract people who are far removed from the sport. This will help them to invoke “health and well-being” without referring to the competitive or performance aspect of sport.

Employers and public spending also benefit from the practice of an APS at work, according to the report. This is a reference to a 2015 study, which was mainly done by the Medef.

This means that if employees practice APS regularly, their absences (which cost 60 billion euro each year and corresponds roughly to 17.2 days per employee) will be reduced by 5.6%. Health would also improve by more than 300 euros per annum. Productivity would increase by 6-9%.

Although the government has taken a number of measures in recent years, they are not well-known by the officials. Sports activities are now exempted from paying social security contributions of up to 170 euros a year if offered by an employer to all employees.

For its part, the Academy of Medicine recommends that activity recommendations be sent regularly to teleworking employees and that public authorities “encourage” the development of useful arrangements to reduce sedentary lives in workplaces (stairs, access to buildings etc. ).