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Healthy Workplace = Happy Workplace

It turns
out that a lack of exercise in our lives is a silent killer. The World Health
Organisation lists physical inactivity as the fourth biggest risk factor for
death in adults across the world.

The
latest research shows when it comes to heart disease, leading a sedentary life
is as great a risk factor as smoking and obesity. In fact, inactivity in terms
of disease risk, is more dangerous than being overweight.

If you
spend long periods of time sitting, this is particularly bad news, as it
increases your risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes and cancer. The most
current research has shown that even normal weight individuals that are
inactive, are at risk of developing disease. There is a molecular pathway that
is essential to burning fats, that shuts down with inactivity, and that
subsequently increases your risk of developing heart disease.

Unfortunately
you can’t bank the benefits of exercise from your youth, hoping it will help
you 40 years down the line. The ideal scenario is to have been active
throughout your lifespan, but research has shown that your health can benefit
from physical activity at any age, meaning it doesn’t matter when you start, as
long as you start!

Physical
activity performed regularly, can help to prevent and manage over 20 chronic
medical conditions. These include coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2
diabetes, cancer, obesity, mental health problems and musculoskeletal
conditions.

And the
good news is that we can combat the negative effects of prolonged sitting (total
of 8 hours or more) with just 60-75 minutes of moderate intensity physical
activity a day.

The
reality is that hectic schedules can make it seem impossible to fit workouts
into your busy week. The prospect of packing a gym bag, trudging to your local
gym, working out, showering, changing, and trudging back to where you came
from, can feel like a lot of effort.

But when
we neglect exercise, we not only put both our physical and mental health at
risk, but we also negatively impact our productivity and effectiveness at work.

And you
would be surprised at the number of opportunities there are in a working day,
to increase your activity levels. This doesn’t have to mean running or cycling
to work, although that’s great if you can, but you can in fact accumulate
activity that is beneficial to health, in lots of different ways during the
day.

Which is
why we’ve put together a collection of resources to help you achieve this.

At the following link you can download leaflets, exercise handouts and infographics on the following topics.
http://bit.ly/2SqhhBC

– 17
Ways to Be More Active at Work


Thinking on your Feet – Why it Pays to Be Physically Active at Work Client
Newsletter


Stretching Exercises for the Workplace


Strengthening Exercises for the Workplace

– Why Posture
Matters


Optimal Desk Posture Infographic

– Carpal
Tunnel Infographic


Preventing and Treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

– Carpal
Tunnel Rehabilitation Exercise Sheet

Click
here to download the resources http://bit.ly/2SqhhBC

As
physical therapists we can help with a wide range of issues caused by long
periods of sitting at a desk, including back and neck pains, tingling in your
hands, carpal tunnel syndrome, even regular headaches experienced at work. Please
get in touch if you need advice and I hope you find these resources useful.

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