On 24 April 2015 the British Heart Foundation are challenging the nation to get On Your Feet Britain. This is what the charity says:
Take part in the first-ever national day when workers across Britain will sit less and move more. We are working with Get Britain Standing to challenge workers around the UK to take a stand against heart disease.
Moving more makes a difference
Sedentary behaviour, that is, sitting or lying down with low energy expenditure, has been associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, as well as obesity and weight gain. Participating in physical activity can reduce this risk.
We now spend longer periods sitting than ever before. In 2012, over 50% of men and women in England reported spending five hours or more per work day sitting or standing.
“Get up offa that thing”
The On Your Feet Britain Challenge dares you to take James Brown at his word and convert ‘sitting time’ to ‘standing time’. Reducing the amount of sitting you do in a day is easier than you think.
Why not try:
Standing during phone calls
Standing and taking a break from your computer every 30 minutes
Having standing or walking meetings
Eating your lunch away from your desk
Walking to your colleague’s desk instead of phoning or emailing them
Standing at the back of the room during presentations
Friday 24th April is your chance to get the ball rolling and encourage your employees to take a stand – team up with colleagues and see how much activity you can clock up in day.