This Friday it’s On Your Feet Britain day. This is when workers across the nation can get together to take part in a variety of fun activities encouraging everyone to sit down less and to move more at work.
It was first realised in the 1950s that sitting too much could lead to ill health – when researchers found London bus drivers were twice as likely to have heart attacks as their colleagues who were on their feet and active as bus conductors.
Unfortunately since then, more and more of us are sitting for too long every day. Health experts think that sitting too much and for too long slows down our metabolism.
This alters our ability to regulate blood sugar, blood pressure and to metabolise fat. It might also cause weaker muscles and bones.
So here’s how you can be on your feet some more.
- Use the stairs.
- Take regular breaks from your computer: stand up, stretch and walk around.
- Have standing up rather than sitting down meetings.
- Walk to a colleague’s desk instead of phoning or emailing them.
- Stand up during team talks or presentations.
- Eat your lunch away from your desk, standing up.