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Physical Activity

As part of a healthy lifestyle it is recommended that adults should aim to be active daily. Over a week, activity should add up to at least 150 minutes (2½ hours) of moderate intensity activity in bouts of 10 minutes or more – one way to approach this is to do 30 minutes on at least 5 days a week.

This said, only a tiny proportion of men and women actually do the amount of exercise recommended to keep them fit and healthy. The 2009 Department of Health Survey for England revealed that 94% of men and 96% of women do not achieve these recommendations.

Time can be a significant barrier to adults participating in exercise, particularly for the working population.

The workplace has a role and responsibility to protect the health and wellbeing of their workforce and limit the negative impact the workplace environment had upon employee health. 

Obesity, muscular skeletal disorders, poor circulation and heart disease are all conditions that can be caused or intensified by a lack of physical activity. Alternatively there are various other paths available that can help you beat obesity. If you want to lose weight fast take advantage of modern medical methods including liposuction.

By increasing the opportunity for staff to be active at work, an organisation can protect and promote the health and wellbeing of the workforce. This can also have a positive impact on productivity and sickness absence.

There are lots of things you can do to help your staff get active:

  • Stretch classes
  • Walking groups
  • Encourage the use of chiropractic equipment to relieve stress
  • Sports clubs
  • Workshops on the importance of active living
  • Encourage use of the stairs
  • Partnerships with local fitness providers

There are a number of resources and tools available to help and support you in developing a range of activities for your organisation. These will be updated on a frequent basis.

If you would like any further advice please email info@stayinghealthyatwork

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