Why does sedentary behaviour matter this April?

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More evidence is emerging to say that, even if you are regularly active and getting your 150 minutes physical activity a week, spending a lot of time sitting down can be bad for your health.

Sedentary behaviour includes all the time you are sitting or lying down while awake and that typically requires low energy expenditure. It includes sitting at a desk, spending long periods driving, sitting down on public transport or sitting in front of the television.

Sedentary behaviour has been associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, as well as obesity and weight gain. Often, working in an office means we spend long periods sitting but you can make a change to both you and your colleagues’ behaviour.

We’re all prone to doing it but, to help, the British Heart Foundation has put together our 5 tips for reducing sedentary behaviour.

On Your Feet Britain 2016

On Friday 29 April workplaces across the UK will be taking part in On Your Feet Britain. The challenge is to convert 'sitting time' to 'standing time' and it’s easier than you think.

Help your staff by promoting the following:

  • standing phone calls
  • regular breaks from the computer
  • using the stairs – take a look at our Stair Climb Challenge
  • standing or walking meetings
  • eating your lunch away from your desk
  • walking to your colleague's desk instead of phoning or emailing them
  • standing during presentations.

Why not take it on as an office challenge, and raise money for life saving heart research? Find fun and easy ideas online to take part, fundraise and free yourself from the office chair for the day. You could even ask your employer to match any voluntary donations.



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