Get on your feet for wellbeing and fitness

Posted by rmt22 at Apr 05, 2017 09:25 AM |
On Friday 28 April we’re launching a new initiative for health and wellbeing.

On Your Feet day on Friday 28 April is part of an international campaign to encourage staff to convert 'sitting time' to 'standing time'. A healthy heart in good shape can pump the same amount of blood in 45-50 beats compared to 70-75 beats of an inactive person. In one year, the heart of a sedentary person will have to beat 13 million times more than that of a well-conditioned heart.

It's easier than you think to get out and get active, just follow some simple changes for a healthier lifestyle. Why not try:

  • Standing during phone calls
  • Standing and taking a break from your computer every 30 minutes
  • Using the stairs
  • Having standing or walking meetings
  • Going for a walk at lunchtime (you can use the routes suggested on the attached flyer)
  • Eating your lunch away from your desk
  • Walking to your colleague's desk instead of phoning or emailing them
  • Standing at the back of the room during presentations

Converting ‘sitting time to standing time’ on 28 April leads us into the month of May which is National Walking Month.

It may be fun and healthy to get a team together in your department to plan a ‘walk’ to an exotic place by converting your combined daily steps into miles. Why not walk to 'The Centre of The Earth' (3,958 miles) or the length of the Nile (4,258 miles)?

The Staff Health and Wellbeing Team can also help you find an appropriate ‘destination’ for any size of team and give you advice on how to monitor your progress. They also have a limited number of free pedometers to give out if you would like them. Please contact StaffHWB@le.ac.uk to find out more. They can also give you more advice on how to get more active as can sport@le.ac.uk.

Happy walking!

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