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Thinking fit is just the job for Falkirk workers

Arlene Bowmaker and Morag Wilson of Life Fit Physiotherapy put the staff at The Hub in Falkirk through their paces to keep fit at work

Arlene Bowmaker and Morag Wilson of Life Fit Physiotherapy put the staff at The Hub in Falkirk through their paces to keep fit at work

 

Office workers were among those targeted by an initiative encouraging people to lead fitter and healthier lives.

The recent fourth Workout at Work Day (W@WD), promoted by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), encouraged employees to avoid poor work habits and take more exercise.

It also highlighted to employers the benefits of having a fitter and healthier workforce.

Staff at the Life Fit Wellness centre in the Falkirk Business Hub actively encouraged other tenants in the Weir Street building to “think fit”. As well as demonstrating simple desk exercises, they challenged them to use the stairs not the lift and offered taster classes for yoga and pilates.

Arlene Bowmaker, a Life Fit chartered physiotherapist, said: “W@WD is a great way for us to encourage our neighbours to improve their health and take more exercise.

“People’s working lives involve sitting at desks for prolonged periods and we want to remind them to keep moving.”

Working through your lunch break every day is one of the biggest culprits for damaging health.

According to a survey carried out by the CSP, one in five people work through their lunch every day while, of those who do take a break, almost half eat at their desk.

Only 19 per cent admit leaving their workplace, while nearly a third said they started earlier or finished later than their scheduled hours each day. The CSP is calling on employers to find ways to support staff to be more physically active during the working day in order to reduce their risk of developing back and neck pain, or more serious illnesses such as cancer, heart disease and stroke.

Professor Karen Middleton, CSP chief executive, said investing in staff health and wellbeing also makes good business sense for employers, with workplace sickness absence costing in the region of £13.8 million each year.

 

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