The importance of staying active in the workplace (Office Jobs)

Anyone who has ever worked in an office knows what days usually consist of. Spending hours sitting at your desk typing away and answering phone calls. Doing this for 8+ hours each day can take it’s toll on your body. Staying active throughout the day is excellent for your immune system, it can keep you motivated and help you deal with stress

Standing desks at work.

Why keeping active in the office is important

It’s important to move around throughout the day to ensure your blood is circulating correctly. Blood circulation is a key factor in energy levels and overall heart health. Sitting down for long periods can have negative implications on productivity and morale throughout the office.

How can I be active while working in an office?

  • One way to do this is by taking 5-minute breaks every so often to walk around the office. Instead of calling your colleague, why not get up and go speak to them?
  • Another way to increase the amount you move each day is to go for a walk at lunchtime. Whether you have an hour or 10 minutes this is more than enough time to go for a walk outside.
  • Why not cycle to work? If you live close enough, cycling to work is a great way to stay active. Not only is it a fantastic way to start your day, but it also has many benefits for your health.


How can I stay active in the office?

Standing desks are becoming more popular in the workplace, they can really increase overall movement throughout the day.

How can I encourage my staff to be active?

As a manager, you can introduce group activities such as quizzes or group walks. Staff will enjoy the camaraderie and benefit from a small break from work.

How often should I be active during the day?

At least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity is the minimum you should be aiming for. Walking is an easy but effective way to achieve this!

If you have any questions about how else to stay active at work then give us a call today, we’d love to hear from you!

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