On Your Feet Britain

How can you get involved with On Your Feet Britain?

Take part in the national day when workers across Britain unite together and participate in a variety of fun and simple activities to #SitLess and #MoveMore at work on Friday 27th April 2018 and spread the word on social media to show your support for the campaign and raise awareness. Sign up, fundraise, host your own event, encourage your workplace to get involved. 

What are the health benefits of walking?

• Maintain a healthy weight

• Prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes

• Strengthen your bones and muscles

• Improve your mood

• Improve your balance and coordination

• The faster, farther and more frequently you walk, the greater the benefits.

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How to become more active

On Friday 27th April 2018, Get Britain standing in association with active working are asking the nation to unite against prolonged office sitting by taking on the challenge to get on their feet. The On Your Feet Britain challenge dares you to convert sitting time into standing time. The NHS recommends that adults aged 19-64 should try to be active daily in order to remain healthy and do at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity every week.

Change Your Commute

Build physical activity into your commute to and from work by cycling or walking (the full journey as an alternative public transport). This will help to incorporate exercise into your daily routine and count towards the recommended 150 minutes of physical activity per week. 

Take breaks and move more

Avoid sitting for long periods of time without moving, instead break them up by going for a walk, going to the kitchen to eat your lunch, walking around the office, washing up etc. Stretching can also help as well as walking up stairs is also good exercise especially for your leg muscles. Avoid eating at your desk as it is important to take your lunch break as having a break is beneficial for your wellbeing and provides the perfect opportunity to get active. Go outside for a walk and enjoy the scenery and get up as part of your lunch break. 

Organise team challenges

Arrange team active challenges that will get you more physically active such as going out for a jog, going out for a run, walking up steps to keep you and your team occupied. It can be easier to commit to more active choices when working with a team.

Don't email or phone colleagues

When you need to discuss something with one of your colleagues, opt for going to speak to them in person instead of emailing or phoning. This will help to get you moving and minimise the time you spend sitting down. It is a fantastic way for the whole workforce to move more and sit less.