More than 11 million Australians spend an average of 8 hours a day in the workplace (Australian Bureau of Statistics 2014).
That’s a big chunk of your day you could use to be more active. And if your job mainly involves sitting (e.g. at a computer), you might be putting your health at more risk.
Not getting enough physical activity and sitting too much both increase your risk for heart disease and other health problems. To improve heart health, you need to:
You might not think there’s much you can do about being more active and sitting less at work, but you’d be surprised. A few simple changes can add to your daily physical activity and reduce your sitting time.
You may even find there are other benefits – like feeling happier and healthier!
Does your workplace encourage you to be active? Talk to your health representative about these ideas:
There are plenty of ways you can make sure you stay active and cut down your sitting time at work.
Heart Foundation Walking can help you to set up and maintain walking groups in your local community.
Host Organisations and their nominated Local Coordinators come from a variety of organisations such as health and community centres, councils and workplaces, and are a vital part of Heart Foundation Walking. Local Coordinators receive training, ongoing assistance, support and resources.
To receive additional information please email us, or download the Walking@Work information pack:
Register on the Heart Foundation Walking website to join today!
Walking can be your regular physical activity that is enjoyable and easy, especially if you are not used to being active. You can join one of our free walking groups or track your progress online.
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