New research carried out in Britain has found that roughly four out of ten office workers get less than 30 minutes exercise per day, while many delay going to the toilet out of laziness.
Another interesting conclusion from the study, which was carried out on 2,000 office workers, found that half of office staff eat lunch at their desks, while many of them recognize it has a potentially bad effect on their health.
The findings of the report were released ahead of next month’s On Your Feet Britain campaign, which is set to run in conjunction with the British Heart Foundation (BHF), to get office workers moving while raising cash for cardiovascular disease (CVD) research.
One of the researchers on the team from the University of Leicester, Dr Emma Wilmot, said,
“Most people think that if they work out every day that’s all they need to do. But those with jobs that require sitting all day may still be at risk. When we sit for long periods of time, enzyme changes occur in our muscles that can lead to increased blood sugar levels. The effects happen very quickly, and regular exercise won’t fully protect you.”
Another person involved with the Get Britain Standing campaign, Gavin Bradley, founder of Active Working C.I.C, chimed in.
“This survey shows too many office workers are stuck to their desks. We all know a sedentary lifestyle is bad for us, we just don’t realise how bad it is. Leading a sedentary lifestyle at work could be negatively impacting your performance and increasing your risk of developing health problems later in life. Spending less time sitting down and more time moving could benefit your health and make you more productive. That’s why we need office workers to be more aware of their “Sitting Calculator” and some simple steps to break up prolonged sitting bouts at work.”
At the same time, Lisa Young, Project Manager for the BHF’s Health at Work programme, summed up the situation, saying, “We’re all guilty of being too glued to our screens sometimes, but these results show just how far the couch potato culture has infiltrated the workplace.”
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