Workout at Work

Last month Parliament was visited by members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy who were encouraging people to workout at work.   I know I listened particularly intently having recently got the plaster off my arm and having had to carry out physiotherapy exercises to get my wrist working again properly.

Research has shown that workers who spend time sitting at a desk, carrying out repetitive tasks or doing physically demanding work incorrectly can suffer from significant health problems including stress and musculoskeletal disorders affecting muscles, ligaments and joints.

Regular exercise can tackle these problems, benefitting not only physical but mental wellbeing as well.    However, Scottish Government statistics show that less than half of men and a third of women in Scotland manage to meet the target 30 minutes of exercise a day, five days a week.

The physiotherapists in Parliament showed us simple ways to make exercise part of our day, whether it is going out for a walk at lunch time or doing stretching exercises at your desk. 

Employers have a big role to play in helping workers by encouraging them to take regular breaks and to ensure that their work environment is set up correctly.  Taking steps to encourage activity at work can also help to boost productivity and reduce staff absence.

If you would like to find out more about the campaign, visit the CSP website here.