Only 7% of adults in Europe exercise regularly
(five times per week)2
Your business – and mine – may ask employees to sit in front of screens for hours at a time. Even with the best workstation assessments available, we weren’t designed to sit down all day long.
Where we’re able, our bodies work best when we’re using them – standing, walking, climbing, reaching. I know this first-hand from my training and practice as a physiotherapist. And we all know, to a certain extent, that sitting still for long periods isn’t great for us. But companies should be aware that the cost of inactivity is high: employees who sit all day may experience poorer health, and function less well mentally, than they would if they moved more.1
So I worry for the health of the nation when I see reports, such as a recent World Health Organization (WHO) paper which says that nearly half of all Europeans NEVER exercise or play sports, and that only 7% exercise five times a week.2
There is pretty good evidence to show that regular physical activity contributes to the prevention and control of a mass of non-communicable diseases, ranging from depression to cancer.1 That’s your employees, and my colleagues, who could all benefit from getting more active. We have a duty of care to prevent inactivity in the workforce.