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  • Active at work or study

    Time spent working or studying is time often spent not moving and the more time spent sedentary the less energy we have overall and the greater our risk of cardiovascular disease and other common illnesses. 

    Being able to get your head down and work is important but breaking it up with activity has been shown to improve concentration, reduce stress and increase productivity. Here are some top tips:

    • Stand up every 90 minutes and ideally every 30 minutes. It will help you refocus and encourages circulation and our metabolism.
    • Take every opportunity to stand up, for example when checking emails or answering the phone
    • Get away from your desk and go for a walk at lunchtime, even if it's just to eat your lunch somewhere different.
    • Make active choices such as taking the stairs, cycling to work or getting off the bus a stop earlier and walking.

    Any increase in activity is better than none however the greatest benefits are seen by doing 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity every week. Ideally that should be made up of daily activity in bouts of 10 minutes or more and moderate intensity means that you breathing and heart rate will be increased and you feel warmer.

    The Brookes Active Workplace Challenge

    The Workplace Challenge has been developed for staff at Brookes. It enables you to monitor your activity and challenge yourself to maintain an active lifestyle. You take part as an individual but also contribute to the totals of your team, faculty/directorate and Brookes as a whole. Staff at Brookes are invited to join in with specific challenges but you can also use it throughout the year along with hundreds of other businesses across the country.

    The Workplace Challenge rewards the effort you put in rather than how fit you are, automatically calculating points based on duration, activity and intensity and Brookes staff registered on the site can access news, events and special offers to help you enjoy and active and healthy lifestyle. 

    Staff can sign up at www.workplacechallenge.org.uk/brookesactive