Office workers urged to exercise

It’s time to take the stairs- workers are urged to do more physical activity, after a study shows that more than two out of five cannot make it up the stairs without running out of breath

Office workers have been advised to take more exercise today, as a study reveals that more than two out of five get out of breath walking up the stairs or running for a bus.

The poll of 2,000 adults, conducted by The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, shows that women are more likely than men to admit that simple everyday activities leave them struggling for breath.

Today has been named Workout at Work Day, with more than 150 physiotherapists scheduled to visit workplaces across the country in a bid to encourage workers to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

CSP chairman Ann Green says: ‘Physiotherapists see the consequences of inactivity every day and it’s a real concern that so many people are left out of breath by relatively simple tasks’.

‘Time and financial pressures obviously prevent many people from taking exercise but Workout at Work Day is about showing people the cheap and easy ways that it can be built into any daily routine.’

‘Adopting some of these healthy habits can help us tackle the obesity crisis facing the UK,’ says Ann.

Exercise classes, cycling challenges (check out these cycling events in the UK), lunchtime walking clubs and table tennis are just some of the activities being led by physios today.

The CSP, meanwhile, has appealed to employers to make exercise a regular feature of the workplace.



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