Office workers need to stand up and move around more, according to a new campaign. On Your Feet Britain are campaigning that sitting for long periods at work is linked to a host of health problems, which are not undone by working out in the gym.
The campaign which is partnering with the British Heart Foundation (BHF) is calling on employees to stand regularly, walk around more and embrace ideas such as standing meetings or standing desks.
Experts described inactivity as “one of the biggest” challenges in health. Heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancers and poor mental health have all been linked to sedentary behaviour.
The effect is found even in people who class themselves as fit, such as those who cycle to work, if they also spend long periods of time sitting.
Prolonged sitting is thought to slow the metabolism and affect the way the body controls sugar levels, blood pressure and the breakdown of fat.
Their survey of 2,000 office workers suggested:
45% of women and 37% of men spend less than 30 minutes a day up on their feet at work
More than half regularly eat their lunch at their desk
78% office workers felt they spent too much time sitting down
Nearly two-thirds were worried sitting at work was having a negative impact on their health
Ideas to combat sedentary behaviour include using the stairs instead of a lift, eating lunch away from your desk, taking a break from your computer every 30 minutes and walking to a colleague’s desk rather than phoning or emailing them. As a result, Get Britain Standing says standing burns an extra 50 calories per hour than being seated.