Recent studies by the ‘On Your Feet Britain’ campaign show that 78% of office workers felt they spent too much time sitting down.
With as many as 45% of women and 37% of men spending less than 30 minutes a day on their feet at work, the new campaign encourages people to spend more time working in a standing position.
Resilience has proved a hugely popular topic recently, with employers realising the benefits of having a healthy, less stressed workforce, and this is one of the key components for a healthy team.
With inactivity being dubbed by experts as one of the biggest challenges in health, people are being encouraged to walk around more, stand regularly and partake in standing or walking meetings.
Serious health warnings surround being too sedentary, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, poor mental health and even cancers.
The bad news? It doesn’t necessarily matter if you’re fit, or if you go to the gym regularly, as this will not undo the damage created by sitting for long periods of time. It slows the metabolism, affects sugar levels, blood pressure and even the breakdown of fat.
The good news? It’s not too late to make new habits. Here are some great ideas to implement in your office to encourage standing for longer periods of time.
- Walking meetings
- Don’t eat lunch at your desk
- Standing working pods and desks
- Standing meetings
- Walk to a colleagues desk instead of phoning them
- Stand when watching a presentation
- Take the stairs instead of the lift
- Go for a walk at lunch
- Stand or walk around during telephone calls
- Set an alarm to move around at least once an hour
Not only are all of these changes good for your health, they’ll also boost productivity and reduce stress levels.
Rachel Matthews, Social Media and Marketing Manager
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