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Creating spaces for workplace wellbeing 01 August 2016

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Worrying reports earlier this week stated how a major Lancet study has found that working in an office is causing more deaths than obesity. To combat the risks of deskbound lifestyle, workers must exercise for one hour a day - that’s twice as much as Public Health England currently recommend.

Research conducted on more than one million adults found that sitting for at least eight hours a day could increase the risk of premature death by up to 60 per cent.

According to the study, just an hour of brisk walking or cycling is enough to counteract the effects of sitting, even if it is spread out across the day.

At Bruntwood, workplace wellbeing has always been a priority for us. This is increasingly evident in our new developments, as we create bespoke spaces to work around our customers needs and the ever-changing workplace culture.

Complete with state of the art gyms, shower and changing facilities, cycle storage and roof terraces, our latest developments across the North and the Midlands are ideal for companies wanting to encourage an active workforce and reduce the risk of health issues associated with desk work.

We also offer a range of activities within many of our buildings across the portfolio. These range from yoga to kettlebell classes, running clubs to circuit training; even walking tours of the local area. All of these take place during lunch hours, giving workers the opportunity to get out of their usual office environment and be more active during the working day.

For those who find it hard to escape their desk once entering the workplace, here are five simple tips to keep active at work:

1. Don't send that email - Rather than emailing your colleagues to ask them a question or to discuss a project, get away from your desk and have a good old face-to-face conversation.

2. Get off the bus early - Another simple way to walk more during the day is by adding some extra steps to your commute. Try getting off the bus a stop early or parking your car that bit further away from the office. 

3. Deskercise - There's plenty of exercises you can be doing at your desk, and without drawing too much attention to yourself. Try raising your legs out under the desk as high as you can for three seconds, repeat 10-15 times. 

4. Stand up desks - Whether it's several 15 minutes here and there, or a full morning, standing desks give you the option to sit and stand as you please. Remember, every little helps. 

5. Swap your seat for a ball - If standing at your computer isn't up your street then a great compromise is using a swiss ball. These will help to improve your posture and engage your core. 

Blackfriars roof garden
Blackfriars roof garden