• Active at work or study
  • 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:

    Top tips on getting active

    • 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.