Keep moving at your desk

A recent study has found that inactivity kills twice as many people as obesity. The study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that around 676,000 deaths each year were caused by inactivity, irrespective of body weight. 

The authors concluded that getting everyone to do at least 20 minutes of brisk walking a day would have substantial benefits and could save lives.

If you struggle to get your daily walking quota, why not try wearing a pedometer or using an app to track your daily steps? You could benefit from simply moving around for five minutes in every hour – think about how many times you get up and move around at work. It might help to keep a tally.

You could also try some of these tips for boosting activity at work:

• always standing when you’re speaking on the phone

• get up and go to speak to colleagues rather than emailing them

• stand during meetings

• use a standing desk or break out area to work for part of the day

• get up at least once an hour to fill up a glass of water (this will also help to ensure you’re staying hydrated!)

• Go for a brisk 15 minute walk on your lunch break – it will clear your mind and ensure a productive afternoon

Written by Ruth Tongue
(MSc Nutrition)