On your feet, Britain!

On Thursday 29 April 2021, millions of desk-based workers are encouraged to sit less and move more. So let’s get moving!  

Physical activity is a must. Not only for basic physical health; mental health and general wellbeing are also boosted by movement.  

This doesn’t mean you have to run an marathon to be happy. Just a little physical exercise can make all the difference. Especially as this year — with the lockdowns and huge disruption caused by Covid-19 globally — a lot of people are significantly less physically active than they were this time last year.  

Get moving

Research shows that regular movement throughout the day leads to:

  • better health

  • increased motivation

  • better concentration

  • overall wellbeing.

The On Your Feet Britain challenge suggests some simple changes:

  • stand during phone calls

  • take a break away from your computer every 30 minutes

  • use the stairs more

  • arrange standing or walking meetings

  • eat lunch away from your desk

  • stand at the back of the room during presentations.

What are the benefits of physical exercise?  

Regular exercise is a key element of physical health. It creates a fit body (of course), a fit mind, and improves quality of life.    

Exercise can help prevent excess weight gain and help maintain weight loss. Not only that, but it lessens the chances of developing health conditions and diseases, including:   

  • stroke

  • metabolic syndrome

  • high blood pressure

  • type 2 diabetes

  • depression

  • anxiety

  • many types of cancer

  • arthritis.

Exercise also stimulates the production of various brain chemicals that make you feel relaxed, happier, and less anxious. It relieves stress, boosts energy, helps you sleep better and is a great way to be social

On your feet, Britain!  

Getting a bit more active is easy, and more than worth the effort.  

Walk more: stop relying on cars and buses. If you’re working from home, walking to and from the shops is a great way to burn some calories, get a little fitter and improve your mindset. Even for those less physically able, ditching a reliance on transport can help strengthen the mind and body. Just commit to what you’re capable of. You’ll reduce the risks of diabetes, stroke and heart disease — and you’ll have plenty of time to catch up on podcasts…    

Join a gym or commit to an online class: we don’t mean you have to sign up for five evenings a week lifting things that weigh more than you do, working on your traps and practicing flexing in the mirror — unless that’s what you want to do. There are lots of great classes using nothing more than your own body weight, available whenever you have time.     

Talk to your doctor: this is often overlooked when talking about getting moving more, but motivation can be difficult to find, sometimes. If you’ve not exercised for several years or are coming back to exercise after an operation or illness, it’s a good idea to get a health check before starting, so you can tailor your exercise plan around any weaker areas.

Keep it up: it can be hard to start exercising but once you do you’ll wonder why it took you so long. Keep going and you’ll find that your muscles develop, your fitness improves and you feel better all round.

Organisations can sign up for free resources and ideas at onyourfeetday.com.

On Your Feet Britain Day

Organisations can sign up for free resources and ideas at onyourfeetday.com.