Employees spend up to 60% of their waking hours at work therefore it is important that the workplace plays an active role in supporting individuals to improve and maintain their health and wellbeing.
Physical inactivity has been linked to an increased risk of a range of health conditions and evidence shows that undertaking physical activity can help promote and maintain positive physical and mental health & wellbeing.
Poor health has a negative impact and cost implications on businesses through absenteeism, lost productivity, early retirement due to poor health and staff turnover. Sickness absence costs UK businesses an estimated £29bn per year with work related stress, depression and anxiety costing the UK economy between £3.7bn & £7bn each year.
Most of us know that being active is good for our health. But more evidence is emerging that even if you exercise regularly, spending a lot of time sitting down can be bad for you. People who spend long periods of time sitting have been found to have higher rates of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and death from all causes. Sitting for long periods is also associated with poor mental health, such as depression (although it can be difficult to separate cause and effect), and that people feel their minds are working better when they sit less.
Take the British Heart Foundation ‘Sitting too much at work quiz?’
Activity & Mental Health
The links between having an active lifestyle and good mental health are clear to see – all the evidence suggests that taking part in regular physical activity helps to reduce your chances of depression, anxiety and cognitive decline.
Even small amounts of exercise are good for us, and you don’t have to be a superstar athlete to start reaping the benefits – even relatively low impact, low intensity physical activity, like walking and stretching can help you feel better.
People within the Black Country are less active compared to national averaged and are more likely to suffer from mental health aliments compared to national average.
Take a look at the recent Dudley Mind video
British Heart Foundation Health at Work – The British Heart Foundations programme to inspire and support health and wellbeing within the workplace.
For more information regarding Workplace Wellbeing please email Sanjay Bensal.