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.

Staff sports

If you’re looking for a social sport to keep you active, come along to one of our Brookes Active staff sports sessions at Headington. Everyone is welcome, regardless of experience or ability. Sessions will run weekly at the times shown below, and equipment is provided.

There is no need to make a booking, just turn up and show your staff card at reception, and off you go!

Outdoor football

7:00 - 8:00pm
Monday 19 July to Monday 23 August

Indoor 5-a-side football

Thursdays 12:00 - 1:00pm
Ongoing from Thursday 21 July


Fridays 12:00 - 1:00pm
Friday 23 July to Friday 26 November (excluding Fri 17 Sep)