5 Ways To Stay Active In The Office

29th October 2019

standing desks Sitting all day can lead to a whole host of health issues. These include backache, sore shoulders, neck strain and even heart diseases.

It’s no secret that a mostly sedentary lifestyle can lead to weight gain and a shortened life span. So, in the office design and fit-out process, we work closely with HR and Facilities teams to help identify the utilisation and activity of workspaces. We help to rethink existing spaces at the early stages of the office design to produce a workplace that takes into account the work-style needs of teams and individuals. The result? A flexible, healthier and a more modern way of working.

Standing desks are the most obvious way to break out of your normal seated position. However, research has shown that standing all day isn’t much better than sitting all day. Based on the work we’ve carried out, we suggest alternating between a seated and standing position. We also recommend the following ways to stay active in the office below:

1. A standing desk or a table

Easily adjust to different heights to prevent your body from being in the same position for hours on end. Propping up your computer on some books on a regular desk or moving your laptop to a nearby counter that is a comfortable height for standing can also help.

2. Risk Assessments

HR departments are legally required to carry out regular risk assessments of individuals working area. One common mistake made is the standard height of your working area (including seat height and eye level). A PC or laptop needs to be adapted to the individual, taking into consideration that we are all different shapes and sizes.

3. Regular breaks

Get up and take frequent breaks. Stepping away from your desk every hour or so can keep your circulation moving. Try popping over to your colleague rather than dropping them an email or picking up the phone. Face to face contact is also a great way to open the lines of communication in the office environment

4. Take lunch

Make sure you take your lunch break away from your desk. Not so easy if you’ve got deadlines, but heading out for some fresh air will give the legs a stretch and some vitality for the afternoon.

5. Got cash to flash?

Finally, if you’ve got cash to flash, you could always invest in a Treadmill or bicycle desk, which is gaining in popularity.

Most importantly staying active in the office during your day will help your work motivation and overall health.

*England and the Active Working Community Interest Company explains just how long we should be standing. The statement, published in June 2015 in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, suggests that four hours of standing during each workday may be the ideal target.

For more detail on our Workspace Analysis work click here.