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It may not come as a surprise that the majority of the UK workforce spends most of their time sitting down. What is shocking however is the amount of time workers spend sitting on a daily basis.
According to research from AXA Health nearly half (46%) of workers spend 4 to 6 hours sitting during office hours and a further 25% spend 7 to 8 hours being seated. For most the time they spend sitting isn’t just limited to office hours as a large percentage of workers commute to work. 27% spend 30-60 minutes seat bound during their daily commute and additionally 17% say their seated commute can take 1-2 hours.
Worryingly 50% have also admitted to being seated for 2-3 hours a day during their own leisure and home time, a further 31% declared even more hours, clocking in 4-6 hours of lounging time.
What is particularly concerning about these findings is that almost three quarters (73%) of respondents have experienced musculoskeletal problems such as back, neck and shoulder pain which are all caused by long periods of immobility. Despite this half (51%) of workers are “okay” with their sedentary lifestyle and a third (33%) admit to being “happy” with it¹.