We are taking part in the ‘On Your Feet Britain Challenge’ which is being held on Friday 26th of April here at Claremont. The focus of the nation-wide campaign is to encourage employees to team up to see how much sitting time can be reduced throughout the day by changing the way you go about your day-to-day activities.
Sitting down for a prolonged amount of time can be harmful for your health. Some risks that this can hold are lower back pain, slow blood circulation and even cardiovascular disease – to name a few. This is why it is critical that we aren’t anchored to our desks in the workplace.
Here are 10 ways in which you can change your routine and decrease the time you spend sat down in the workplace:
- Take regular breaks from sitting by standing up every thirty minutes – this could just be going to get yourself a drink.
- Instead of taking the lift, take the stairs to take a more active approach.
- If you’re going to take a phone call, stand-up or pace whilst you’re on the phone to increase your mobility.
- Rather than emailing your co-workers you can walk over to go and speak to them instead.
- Meetings can often leave you sat for prolonged amounts of time. Holding a standing meeting can eliminate the this.
- Limiting the time you spend looking at your screen can help you stay active whilst also reducing eye strain.
- Drinking lots water can benefit you by increasing the frequency of toilet and drink trips.
- Taking a walking meeting not only gets you and your colleagues out of the office, but it allows you to give your legs a stretch
- Moving your rubbish bin away from your desk is a quick and straightforward way to give you a reason to get away from your desk for a moment
- If your workplace has sit-stand desks, why not give them a try?
If you’d like to find out more about implementing an environment with employee wellbeing at the centre, why not download our Workplace Wellbeing Whitepaper, which is full of guidance and advice: