Brits ‘sitting down for nine hours a day’

Three quarters have experienced musculoskeletal problems

  Brits who sit for some or most of their working day are piling up an average daily sit-time of nine hours, according to a recent survey.   The poll of 2,000 workers found that while nearly half (46%) of workers sit at work for four to six hours a day, a quarter (25%) notch up seven to eight hours daily.   Sitting eats into people’s travel time, with 29% seat-bound for up to half an hour as a part of their daily commute to and from work and 27% occupying a travel-time seat for 30 to 60 minutes. A further 17% said their seated commuting time takes one to two hours.   In addition to their work and commuting, half (50%) are seated two to three hours per day during their leisure and home time. For almost a third (31%), the figure is four to six hours.   Excerpt from Health Insurance Daily, for the full article click here.   Improving Energy Levels - Training Plan  

Getting started

Our energy levels dictate what we do and how well we do it. Expectations at home and at work have never been higher and yet many of us wake up exhausted each day. Lack of energy is the number one health complaint in the UK. Most of us are trying to be as productive as possible, and we all know that our energy resources are what makes things happen – the problem is a lot of us are running on empty!
  Energy imbalance can lead to higher levels of mental and physical illness; reduced creativity, decision making and innovation; and lower life satisfaction levels.   This 4-week plan is incredibly simple to follow. It’s all about learning how to boost your energy levels by thinking about what you eat, your sleep and the amount of exercise and movement in your life; as well as the rhythm and pacing of your life (how you intersperse peaks of high activity with periods of rest and recuperation).   These are the four factors you need to take action on to enhance your daily energy levels and improve the quality of your life:
  • Eat for energy
  • Sleep better
  • Move more
  • Manage the rhythm or pacing of your life
  These 4 factors are set out as statements in your personal training plan (shown on the next page). Prioritise which of these 4   statements is most important to you.   Start some in week 1 and then introduce others when you’re ready; but once you start something try to keep that going all the time.

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