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Walk your way to a healthier workplace 

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November 28, 2023

"Limit the time you spend sitting still". This is one of the recommendations for physical activity from the Danish Health Authority. Of course, this can be difficult in a busy life, especially if you have a job where you spend most of the day sitting in the office. Fortunately, something as simple as walking can go a long way.

Walking reduces the risk of disease

As simple as it sounds, walking has several positive effects on your health. Walking can help reduce the risk of a number of diseases such as dementia and blood clots, while strengthening your heart and increasing your daily calorie burn.

One study even shows that increasing the number of steps you take each day can reduce your risk of dying. It also shows that the greatest effect is seen by increasing daily steps up to 10,000 steps per day, after which the effect is smoothed out more. So there's every reason to lace up your shoes and get moving!

If you're keen to try to increase the number of steps, it would be a good idea to try some of the suggestions below.

Walk and talk meetings

If your meetings during the day don't directly require you to sit and be immersed in a screen, then walk and talk meetings can be a great way to get some extra steps and exercise into your day. This can be during phone calls or meetings with your colleagues where you can take a short walk.

Well-being at work

Walk and talk meetings are a way to get more steps into everyday life

Increase your daily activity, one small step at a time

Even if it doesn't feel like much at the moment, there are steps you can take by changing a few small things at work. For example, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking further away from the entrance, physically walking to your colleague instead of calling.

It may not be a lot of extra steps if you look at each activity individually, but in the grand scheme of things, it can help to increase the number.

Take a walk during your lunch break

Why not get a group together and go for a walk while you eat your lunch? This way you can increase your steps together and get some fresh air. This is both good for your mental health, but of course also a way to get a few more steps in.

Create/participate in workplace competitions

One way to stay motivated to increase daily activity is to compete with your colleagues. Here you can set up challenges to walk the most steps in the workplace. This can help retain employees and increase daily activity levels.

Need more inspiration?

At Health Group, we have extensive experience in increasing activity levels at companies around the country. We are happy to come out and help you create a framework for more activity in everyday life. So don't hesitate to contact us today!