But not in the way you might imagine…
A campaign has been launched urging office workers up and down the country to get up on their feet and be more proactive at work.
Not just another run of the mill health-kick, On Your Feet Britain says a prolonged period of inactivity has been associated with a whole host of health problems. Heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancers and mental health challenges to name but a few!
It all sounds rather extreme, but when you consider what working life looked like as little as 50 years ago, it does start to make sense.
Activity in the workplace is shrinking. Rapid advancements in technology have streamlined the workplace, continually reducing the need for manual jobs in almost every industry. This change is only now beginning to ring alarm bells as proactive office behaviour dwindles.
Even the fitness junkies of the office aren’t completely off the hook, as the effects of sitting for too long have been found to remain in those who consider themselves to lead fit and healthy lifestyles.
Not just detrimental to your health, being a couch potato and staring at a screen for too long can be a roadblock for creativity, alertness and overall productivity. Thankfully it’s not all doom and gloom, as there are a few sure-fire ways to get you moving again even if your job doesn’t require you to do so.
Consider embracing ideas such as standing meetings, or even standing desks like the Ology design solution by our friends over at Steelcase. With the Ology desk you can either sit or stand, it can be adjusted to different heights so you can set it at a height that feels comfortable for you. The Ology system is designed to encourage people who work sitting down to move position throughout the day.
Seemingly obvious advice but often overlooked in today’s office, take the stairs instead of the lift at lunchtime, or walk to a colleague’s desk instead of phoning them or sending an email.
Even if the health benefits aren’t immediately obvious, it doesn’t hurt to break up your routine, boost your productivity and put a stop to procrastination all while reducing the risk of health problems later in life.
Posted April 7, 2015