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We spend most of the day at work, can we actually keep fit at work? 

 

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DATA REVEALS HOW MANY BRITONS FAIL TO MAKE THE RECOMMENDED 10,000 STEPS A DAY 

• ALMOST TWO-THIRDS FIND IT HARD TO GET MOTIVATED TO EXERCISE

• BRITS CITE THE WORLD CUP, HEAT WAVE AND EVEN LOVE ISLAND AS EXCUSES FOR AVOIDING EXERCISE THIS SUMMER

Overall, 63% of Brits say they find it hard to motivate themselves to exercise, despite the fact the average person was aiming to shift 13 pounds this summer. And it’s during this season that the nation has apparently put more effort into finding excuses than finding time to exercise.

 

The heat takes much blame (43%) for Brits failing to get off the couch – but others cited Love Island (7%) or the World Cup (12%) being on; being ‘sweaty enough during the day’ that they didn’t need to (12%); and 1 in 20 reckon the loss of their water bottle put them off from exercising. A small but significant 3% of the population claim, ‘their earphone cables were tangled’.

 

EXCUSES

• 6 in 10 admit to labeling themselves as a ‘couch potato’

• Nearly half (47%) track their step each day

• Over half (56%) confess to trying and failing to get into shape this summer

• Of those trying to shift weight this summer, the average goal was 13 pounds

• Just 22% say ‘hitting the gym’ would be their preferred choice over relaxing on the sofa after a tough day at work

 

Maybe we should set realistic goals through our working day? 

It's safe to say we've all at one point made an excuse not to exercise, since most of us spend most of the day at work, are there ways in which we can use our time at work to also think about ourselves and keep fit?

If you spend most of your day sitting, here are some ideas on how you could stay active at work:

1- If you live close by, walk or bike to work instead of driving.

2- If driving to work, park further back in the parking lot so you have to take more steps to get inside.

3- Take the stairs instead of the elevator.

4- A longterm investment, Use a pedal exerciser under your desk to work your legs and feet while typing away.

5- Walking meetings, Take meetings on the go — get up from a sitting position in the conference room and work out those muscles, ask colleagues to make laps around the office with you or walk to the nearest cafe as you talk

6- Most people own a smart/fitness watch, get your colleagues involved in fitness challenges.

7- Could you get a longer lunch break? Head to the gym!

8- Set timers on your phone to remind you to get up and walk.

9-  Take a stroll during your lunch break

10- Get up and STRETCH for 3 minutes, release the tension from sitting down

Let's Talk: Can we actually keep fit at work? Advice from Lee Matthews, Fitness Experience Director

Research out by DW Fitness First shows that Britons are ambling when it comes to achieving the recommended daily step count of 10,000. The average person will manage a limp 3,549 steps – with those from Birmingham managing the least: 3,769, here is advice from Lee Matthews, Fitness Experience Director from DW Fitness First