Office workers are being urged to move about more by new campaign, launched by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and Get Britain Standing. The campaign is aimed at encouraging office staff to be more mobile at work.
Many people spend only half an hour on their feet in the office and fear being sedentary is damaging their health, according to a new survey carried out by the charities.
A poll of 2,000 UK office workers found 38% are so tied to their desks they’ve confessed to emailing someone right next to them, 52% regularly eat lunch at their desk.
31% even said they sit for so long they put off going to the toilet.
The BHF is encouraging office staff to be more mobile at work, citing that sitting down too long can lead to health risks such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Gavin Bradley, founder of the Get Britain Standing campaign, called for workers to be more aware of their “sitting calculator” and stand up more often.
This survey shows too many office workers are stuck to their desks. We all know a sedentary lifestyle is bad for us, we just don’t realise how bad it is.
Leading a sedentary lifestyle at work could be negatively impacting your performance and increasing your risk of developing health problems later in life.
Spending less time sitting down and more time moving could benefit your health and make you more productive.
– Gavin Bradley, founder of the Get Britain Standing campaign
Read more on the BHF website.