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Do you get yours every week? To stay healthy as adults, we each need to be active for 150 minutes a week, yet most of us aren’t managing to. 

Being more active at work and using your lunch break is a quick win for getting in some of your daily active minutes. Where possible you could try holding walking meetings inside around your building or find a short outdoor route nearby. Getting moving has a great impact on your mental health too. Being active helps to reduce your stress levels by releasing endorphins.

Although there are times when we feel we just can’t take time away from our desk, being active in your lunch break will actually make you more productive in the afternoon (we promise!).You could organise a lunchtime Daily Mile walk with colleagues, or if you fancy something to get the blood pumping a bit more you could do an outdoor circuits session, or try our physical activity taster sessions.

It’s also about more than just active minutes, if you work in a sedentary job it's important to get up and move regularly. You could try standing meetings, or if it's a long meeting mix up time seated and standing (it will help you pay more attention too). You could try getting out of your chair every hour and doing some simple stretches, which is really good for your posture and avoids problems with your back and joints.

Being active is different for everyone, it’s about finding any opportunity to be a bit more active and all you have to do is discover just how you will get yours!

If you'd like to support the campaign in your workplace you can download our posters.

Chair Yoga

If you'd like a way to de-stress and re-balance during your lunch break, then maybe you could try chair yoga?

Yoga teacher Jo has filmed a 30 minute guided session for us, perfect to fit into your lunch break, or any other time of day!

 

Stress

One in five people report feeling extremely stressed at work

Work-Based Physical activity Programmes

Work-based physical activity programmes:  A programme costing £18,900 for a company with 100 employees could lead to an overall net saving of £10,941 (Promoting physical activity in the workplace: business case).

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