MOVING AT WORK

THE DANGER OF SITTING  

According to the Department of Health, nearly 70% of Australian adults (i.e. almost 12 million adults) are sedentary or have low levels of physical activity.

“Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV and is more treacherous than parachuting. We are sitting ourselves to death.” Dr. James Levine

The cost of chronic illness to Australia is more than $15 billion each year. The occurrence of chronic diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes are rapidly growing; 280 Australians diagnosed with this preventable illness everyday. Research demonstrates that prolonged sitting is thought to slow the metabolism, which affects the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar, blood pressure and break down body fat. Remaining seated for too long is bad for your health, regardless of how much exercise you do.

Studies have linked excessive sitting with being overweight and obese, type 2 diabetes, some types of cancer, and premature death. 

The human body was designed to move… and to keep on moving. The only way to reduce the risk of chronic diseases is to break up the amount of time we spend sitting each day with exercise.

SIMPLE WAYS TO INCREASE YOUR ACTIVITY LEVELS

  • Park a block further away from the office
  • Hop off the bus/ train a stop early
  • Take the stairs or exit the lift 3 floors early
  • Walk across the hall to speak with a colleague rather than sending an email
  • Use an exercise ball as a seat. Balancing will engage your core and work those abs!
  • Take your lunch for a walk- enjoy it in the fresh air
  • Engage in ‘walking meetings’
  • Switch to a standing working station 

INCREASING WELLNESS AT WORK

The modern workplace is seeing increased employee flexibility, healthier work environments and improvements in technology to support wellness. From ergonomic office furniture, stand up desks, in-house gyms to healthy snacks in the kitchen or vending machines and apps to track and remind users about mobility – there are many ways to encourage us all to be healthier.

Corporate wellness programs are designed to support employees in understanding health risks and choosing healthy behaviour at work to improve their overall fitness and reduce their health care expenditure. These programs can reduce the cost of hospitalisation, emergency room visits, specialist visits, and surgeries. Moreover, corporate wellness programs result in decrease in absenteeism, increase in productivity, and improvement in quality of life of employees.

If you are looking for more ways to get your staff active and healthy at work, and would like to participate in Tour de Office, we are delivering more flexible, custom event options designed to suit your organisation’s size, culture and budget – find out more and GET INVOLVED!

MORE RESOURCES 

Australia’s Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines

25 Best Fitness Apps for 2017

Forbes – The Ten Best Exercises to do at your desk

Deskercise – 33 smart ways to exercise at work

Coronis is fundamentally a healthy, active workplace which is why Tour De Office is a perfect fit for our culture. We love taking everything we do to the next level which is why we host the event out the front of our headquarters, dress up, promote it on social media and run competitions. It all benefits our chosen charity, so we like to have some fun with it!
Deb Hawes | Events Co-ordinator, Coronis Real Estate
I would definitely recommend Tour de Office to other TAFEs, universities and any organisation with large departments. Participating in this event helped to break down departmental barriers and enabled staff from around campus to engage with one another in a fun way. It brought staff together across the Institute and created a really positive atmosphere.
Merial Trounce, Human Resources, Wodonga Tafe
Tour de office is a fantastic and fun way to fundraise for a worthy cause alongside one of our major clients, Commonwealth Bank. The leaderboard encouraged some healthy competition and the office was buzzing during the week. I recommend Tour de Office to any organisation looking for an easy-to-set-up event to fundraise for their selected charity.
Nick Courtney, Director, KordaMentha
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