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The Danish Health Authority has updated their recommendations on physical activity! 

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d. July 3, 2023
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"Physical activity promotes mental health and well-being, reduces cognitive decline and lowers the risk of obesity. In addition, physical activity prevents premature death, the development of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and a number of cancers including colon and breast cancer, as well as mental illness such as anxiety and depression."

This is how the Danish Health Authority begins their recommendations on physical activity. There are therefore many good reasons to stay physically active! What's new, however, is that the Danish Health Authority has updated their recommendations to include physical activity that strengthens the muscles twice a week!

Physical activity in the workplace

It is important that physical activity should contribute to stronger muscles and bones, just as physical activity should be able to increase muscle mass in order for the body to function at its best.
It has also been explicitly added that you should try to limit the amount of time you spend sitting still. Too much time sitting still, for example at work, can have a negative impact on health and well-being. If you have a job where most of your time is spent in an office in front of a computer, it can be beneficial to try to move around during the day. This way, you can vary the amount of time you spend sitting still and moving around.

Here you can actively work on implementing exercise during breaks, walk and talk meetings and, of course, remember to use your sit-stand desk for variety. Check out our blog on exercise in the workplace and find inspiration on how to be more active in your everyday life - see also the overview of the new recommendations from the Danish Health Authority below.

Recommendations from the Danish Health Authority

  • Move for at least 30 minutes a day so that you get out of breath easily - sometimes even out of breath.
  • Do activities that strengthen your muscles at least twice a week.
  • Limit the amount of time you sit still.

PDF with the Danish Health Authority's recommendations

If you want to work with exercise in the workplace, don't hesitate to contact Health Group today.