Back pain is one of the most common reasons patients come for physiotherapy treatment. As anyone who has suffered from back problems knows, the condition can quickly take hold, leading to pain in other areas and this can dramatically affect your day to day life. There are lots of different causes of back pain but a massive factor is poor posture, especially when combined with prolonged periods of sitting. Which is why we’re fully behind the new campaign from Get Britain Standing, in conjunction with the British Heart Foundation and Active Working, which aims to get Britain on their feet!
Did you know that office workers sit for an average on 10 hours a day? That’s a shockingly long amount of time when you think about it. Especially when you consider that, along with back and neck pain, excessive and prolonged sitting can also lead to increased risks of heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes, obesity, cancer, thrombosis and mental health issues.
On 27th April 2018, Get Britain Standing are asking the nation to unite against prolonged office sitting by taking on the challenge to get on their feet. They want workplaces and individuals across Britain to sit less and move more during their working day.
Here are a few simple suggestions of how you can convert “sitting time” to “standing time” in the office…
• Stand and take a break from your computer every 30 minutes
• Stand during phone calls
• Use the stairs
• Have standing or walking meetings
• Eat your lunch away from your desk
• Walk to your colleague’s desk instead of phoning or emailing them
• Stand at the back of the room during presentations
• Take a lunchtime fitness class or organise a lunchtime walk
If you want your workplace to get involved visit www.onyourfeetday.com/signup and register your details. You will receive a PASSCODE to download information including: posters, guidelines from March 2018. If you any other questions about getting involved please contact:firstname.lastname@example.org