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Ideas for promotion of physical activity

There are many simple steps which can be taken in the workplace:

  • Walking to colleagues' desks instead of using internal phones or e-mails;
  • Taking the stairs instead of the lift;
  • Walking or cycling to work;
  • Encouraging staff to walk during their lunch breaks;
  • Getting off the bus one or two stops earlier than usual;
  • Observing the recommendations for frequency of breaks as opportunities to be active;
  • Going for a walk at lunchtime;
  • Purchase pedometers to record the number of steps taken in a day with the aim of achieving 10,000 steps a day and even organising a workplace pedometer challenge;
  • Taking part in events such as Bike to Work day and local fun runs;
  • Organising a lunchtime activity group e.g. football or netball, to play matches against other local workplace teams for motivation; and
  • Incorporate physical activity within existing policies or plans.

Additional information and ideas can be found on the NHS choices and British Heart Foundation's Health at Work websites

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