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People who are less physically active have higher rates of unplanned illness-related absenteeism, so how can employers encourage more physical activity at work?

Adults of working age in England average around 9.5 hours of sedentary time each day. Sitting down for long periods can lead to higher rates of diabetes and cardiovascular disease, but just 30 minutes of exercise per day can help counter these effects.

Whether working at a traditional workplace or at home, incorporating movement into daily life is essential for a person’s health and wellbeing. The NHS recommends that all adults do some type of physical activity every day, aiming for 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise each week.

As an employer, you can encourage your people to increase the amount of physical activity they do, improving their general health, reducing absences and increasing productivity. We’ve put together some helpful resources to help your employees to move more at work.

Workplace workouts

We’ve put together a series of simple 10-minute workplace workout videos that you and your team can do without equipment, anytime, anywhere. These videos cover a range of different ways to add some movement into your day, as well as a meditation session for when you need time to relax and refocus.

You can share the playlist with your team to encourage them to incorporate exercise into their breaks or get active as a group in meetings.