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Office Fitness Changing The Perception Of Health In The UK Workplace
Monday, 9 April 2018 06:22:00 Europe/London
Southampton UK, Monday 15th February 2016 – The modern office is traditionally thought of as a dead zone when it comes to meaningful levels of physical activity, yet Southampton based firm 'Office Fitness Ltd' are looking to show the UK that the office workplace is actually bursting with potential when it comes to keeping fit and healthy.
Contrary to the current status quo, Office Fitness Ltd are convinced that a huge amount can be achieved in the normal 8 hour working day... and they intend to show the UK exactly how.
Company founder, Paul Matthews, commented: “We're accustomed to thinking the only form of exercise worthy of consideration is 40 minutes plus in a gym or out running, when in fact, greater benefits can be achieved by exercising in chunks of ‘little and often' - which is closer to how we evolved.”
Tailoring a working day to include exercise is proven to provide a huge plethora of health benefits, including combating the serious health implications associated with prolonged sitting. Not only do desk based jobs negatively impact on physical and mental well-being, but they also contribute towards costing the UK £29 million in workplace absences.
Last week’s address by cross bench peer, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, highlighted: “The NHS is struggling to cope with the rising number of musculo-skeletal problems and lifestyle-related diseases brought about by inactivity at work. Back, neck and muscle pain are already the largest cause of the UK's 131million sick-days.”
Office Fitness believe that work is largely about routine. If we associate activities with these routines, they can become very powerful in forging new habits in a way that's more convenient - and possibly more long term - than going to a gym. Given the time we're required to be at work and the time pressures outside of work, why not micro-exercise throughout the day as a day-long workout, but done in a way that does not impact productivity.
“The key to exercise and activity in the office is to form associations with common tasks and setting goals to make them stick” believes Matthews. “As an example: chin-ups. Most adults would struggle to do 2 or 3 in a gym but over the course of the day you could be looking at way in excess of 15-20 if you associate passing under a lesser used doorway (the printer room perhaps?) with the need to do 2 chin ups every time. That’s assuming, of course, there is a chin up bar in the doorway which is where appropriate equipment type and placement comes in.”
Understandably, not every employee will feel comfortable exercising in a shared office, but Office Fitness have found that initial amusement of colleagues quickly gives way to acceptance and eventual willingness to get involved.
Within the UK, many employers are beginning to see the benefits of a healthier workforce first hand. Although for some this might seem too radical, a more discrete answer is to set aside a dedicated room for activity, where staff can break from sitting - even for two to three minutes at a time in order to carry out 'mirco-workouts' during the day.
Office Fitness believe that a mindset change is all that's needed for organisations to maximise the benefit. With very low costs to introduce largely 'off the shelf' fitness equipment, firms can have a healthier, more productive and more engaged workforce. Global multi-nationals such as Google, merge home and work into their office design, so why not fuse fitness and work?
To this end, Office Fitness has released a free PDF download '50 tips' style guide explaining how to keep fit in a modern office. http://www.officefitness.co.uk/media/Office-Fitness-booklet-separate-pages-for-web-and-preview.pdf.
For more information on how OfficeFitness can help you revolutionise your office or workspace' health, please visit the official site at www.OfficeFitness.co.uk or alternatively use the contact details beneath this release.
OfficeFitness is a run by a small team of fitness experts (physios, sports scientists and sports-people) looking to change the way the modern office operates, through carefully selected equipment and familiar exercises in an unfamiliar setting.
Office Fitness retails products that can turn your desk area into a desk gym, and your company’s spare room into an Active Room. Find out more by visiting www.officefitness.co.uk
Contact: Paul Matthews
Telephone: 0238 098 2289