According to a recent study by Fellowes, 81% of UK office workers spend between four and nine hours every day sitting at their desk, equating on average to 67 sedentary days per person per year. According to Dame Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Officer, we should all be doing 150 minutes of exercise a week. It is a daunting prospect, but there are some small changes that we can make day to day that could potentially have a big impact on our health.
This February our partners at Active Devon are launching an exciting challenge to get us all more active through small changes that can result in a big difference. Participants simply need to walk as much as they can and measure and log their daily steps. Sign up to take part as an individual, a team or even an organisation, by visiting the Let’s Walk website.
Here are some hints and tips to help you max your daily steps:
Cut down on the car - If you currently drive everywhere, then this could be a simple way of getting active. Simply park up the car for the month and walk instead – get healthy, save fuel and do your bit for the planet, all at once. Why not try walking to your colleague’s desk instead of emailing, take the stairs instead of the lift or escalator?
Stop ordering groceries online - Whether it is getting a takeaway, buying new clothes or doing your grocery shop, why not walk to the shops instead of having a delivery to your door?
Have Fun! Take a class, join an activity, do a dance try some yoga. Active Devon also has an activity finder to help you identify and try new things. Visit the Active Devon website.
See the sights - Devon is blessed with amazing walks, beaches and nature, so why not take a stroll along the cliff tops?
A 10-minute walk after eating. Some health research shows that walking for a 10-minute period can reduce blood glucose levels which is required for fat burning.
To get help with getting more active take our online assessment or call us on 01392 908 139.