A new study of 1000 women has found that UK female office workers are consuming an extra 100,000 calories a year from snacking at their desks.
The study shows they indulge in at least three snacks during a typical working day, totaling almost 500 calories - with 39 percent admitting to hiding away packets of biscuits and a further 45 percent having a personal stash of crisps.
To back this up we've found that it's quite common for new white collar workers to refer to the "office stone" after just a few months.
For every 3,500 calories, the general rule of thumb is it adds a pound of weight to your waistline — assuming it’s not burned off. The NHS guidelines state women should eat no more than 2,000 calories a day, to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
How can this behaviour pattern and sitting all day make any sense and help towards a fit and healthy life? It can't and doesn't.
A new report has revealed the mental health benefits of just an hour’s physical activity a week. It seems there is nothing a workout can’t cure. Here is why we should all sit less and move more.
Are you sitting comfortably? Don't! Stand up and walk around the house. Leave your desk and jog down the office stairs. Even better – jog up the stairs. If it’s lunchtime, go and join a yoga class or head for the shops on foot. What’s to lose? You are going to feel better and live longer.
Hardly a day goes by without a new piece of research flagging up the benefits to our physical and mental health of getting more active. On Tuesday, a study of 30,000 Norwegians found that even one or two hours’ exercise a week can help prevent depression. The Wildlife Trust has just published that two-thirds of its volunteers, digging ditches and building bird tables in the open air, had better mental health within six weeks.
Getting off your backside and moving about, preferably a bit vigorously some of the time, will stave off heart disease, strokes, cancer and diabetes. It can keep your blood pressure steady and helps you sleep. You may not shed pounds, but it will help keep your weight stable. It can overcome anxiety and boost self-esteem. Older people who are active are less likely to have a hip fracture or a fall.
We have the sitting disease. According to Public Health England physical inactivity is one of the top 10 causes of disease and disability in England. It is responsible for one in six deaths in the UK, which is the same as smoking. It costs the UK an estimated £7.4bn a year. If exercise was a pill, it would be the biggest blockbuster in the history of medicine.
We weren’t built to sit in front of a computer, a TV screen and a steering wheel. We were designed to be moving around.
“It is what we were made to do,” says Nick Cavill of Oxford University’s department of public health. Everyone probably knows the basic point, but often we overlook it in our busy modern lives. We are hunter-gatherers. We were designed to be physically active all day long. Our bodies are still stuck in neolithic times, while our minds are in the 21st century.”
Every day active is key in all of this and it's what a standing desk contributes to. Most of us still need to use technology in our normal work lives. The most sensible answer is to use it actively.
This week we've been featured in the National news with our EIGER Student standing desk and one of our customers. Kewstoke Primary in Kewstoke, Weston-super-Mare were approached by The Times. The Telegraph, The Daily Mail and The Sun about them purchasing EIGER Students and why.
To finish it off ITV News cameras went to the school to interview Sarah Harding (the Headteacher) and some of the children.
You can see the ITV News article here - http://www.itv.com/news/westcountry/2017-10-04/on-their-own-two-feet-somerset-school-gets-kids-working-at-standing-desks/
Sarah was keen to add options to the way the children learn in the school and not just have them sedentary. So far it's a winner.
Sarah used part of the Governments Sport Premium fund to fund them as it's a superb and sustainable way of getting the children "every day active".
Great news about a great school. Needless to say we've been inundated with interested schools about our FREE trial offer.
National Fitness Day began with a bang this morning as Britain’s leading TV and Radio stations beamed ukactive’s live kick-off event to millions across the country. BBC Breakfast and Sky News were broadcasting live from the London launch event, while BBC Radio 5 Live and Global Radio (the company behind Capital Radio, Radio X, LBC, Heart and many other stations) carried extensive features on National Fitness Day.
The kick-off event was led by Strictly Come Dancing star Darcey Bussell, who was joined at Everyone Active’s Paddington Recreation Ground by hundreds of participants for a mass-workout to her DDMIX dance fitness concept.
Darcey was joined by stars from the venue operator Everyone Active’s Sporting Champions programme, with Olympic silver medallist hurdler Colin Jackson and Olympic gold medallist Hockey forward Alex Danson taking part in the early morning workout.
National Fitness Day, co-ordinated by not-for-profit health body ukactive, sees the nation celebrate the fun and thrills of physical activity through a range of free events and activity sessions. Last year’s National Fitness Day got over a million people active across 18,000 events – making it the most active day of 2016 – with this year’s event on course to significantly surpass it.
Of course we did our bit whilst standing at our desk! It's one of the benefits of what we do. To be able to work and improve your health and wellbeing at the same time is nothing short of fantastic.
Today we delivered 2 sets of EIGER Pro Standing Desks to two of Manchester's leading digital companies - PushON and The Big Partnership.
Both of them were keen to have the chance of spending less time in their respective offices glued to a chair.
It's always rewarding to meet people who are genuinely enthusiastic to test a standing desk because of the benefits.
So it's a week of active working for these two teams and then on to the next!
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is today launching a new campaign with the health and wellbeing of small business owners, their staff and the self-employed at heart. The new drive from FSB will help its members - and the wider 5.5 million-strong small business community across the UK - reap the benefits of a positive approach to wellbeing, which are felt not only by the business they run but also by the economy and society as a whole.
The campaign has been launched in response to a rise in incidents of health and mental health conditions across the UK’s workforce, including business owners and the self-employed.
Mike Cherry, FSB National Chairman, explained, “Wellbeing can help increase our productivity, improve our performance and reduce absenteeism. There is a clear business case, however, the benefits are felt just as much in our health as individuals, but also by our communities and the wider economy.”
The average UK white collar worker is sedentary for 8.6 hours every working day and it's madness. To maintain a healthy body we need to move somewhere between 6-10km a day. Not much chance of that if we're glued to a chair sat in front of a computer.
In Scandinavia, 90% of white collar workers use a sit-stand desk. In the UK it's less than 1%.
Standing desks have a part to play in the UK's need for healthier and more productive workplaces.
Today we met up with the MD of Dreamr, Mylo Kaye, one of Manchester's top app development companies.
Mylo is one of Manchester's inspirational business people. Ten years ago he was homeless. Today Dreamr is on course to turnover £1M.
Dreamr is a very cool company with an office space to match.
Mylo was delighted to join in #StandUpMCR and let his team experience the benefits of a standing desk environment.
Like many tech based businesses the team spend too much time sat down...all day! So the prospect of introducing active working into Dreamr really appealed.
So a big thanks to Mylo and the Dreamr team.
Today we delivered an EIGER Standing Desk to Rachel Wilkinson MD of Wilkinson Chiropractic in Ilkley (UK). Rachel is passionate about maintaining a healthy spine and also living an active every day life. We have a lot in common.
Rachel gave us a superb insight to the strain put on the human spine through incorrect posture and head position.
The average human head weighs around 5KG. To put that into context that's around the weight of a bowling ball.
Most of us can relate to the weight of a bowling ball. Well that's sitting on top of your spine...every day.
It's fine when it's in the correct position - upright and squarely over your shoulders. But imagine the strain if you drop your head forward. Imagine doing it for eight hours a day. Eight hours with a bowling ball pulling down on your upper spine. You wouldn't do it.
But that's what most UK office workers do every single working day. It's madness and can only lead to painful spinal problems.
A standing desk is both a superb piece of ergonomic equipment as well as being the nearest thing to a piece of gym equipment you can put in the workplace.
Stand up for the health of your spine.
We've spent a lot of time in Manchester over the last 18 months being a part of the business accelerator program - Entrepreneurial Spark.
Manchester is an exciting and forward thinking UK city, perfect to test active working with our EIGER Pro standing desk.
So we're now rolling out an offer to all Manchester based businesses of a free week's trial. Our aim is to make Manchester one of the healthiest and most active cities in the UK to work in.
Our 1st company is Tunafish Media. Sam Jones their MD is a high profile and well respected Manchester businessman who was delighted of the idea of working with the EIGER Pro standing desks for a week with his team.
We'll let you know how they get on.
Denise Lewis is a UK Olympic Gold medallist and a full time mother. Her household is extremely active (as you may have guessed!) but she understands they are not the norm.
Just 23 per cent of boys and 20 per cent of girls meet the national recommended level of activity, according to a survey by Public Health England (PHE). And the number of children meeting the recommended amount of physical activity, which is 60 minutes a day, drops by 40 per cent as they move through primary school.
“One in five kids is overweight or obese when they start primary school – that’s worrying in this day and age,” says Lewis. “I think parents as well as schools need to find ways to change that. If you start with good intentions and get them out and about from an early age, it can make a big difference.
Denise has joined forces with Change4Life and Disney, which are along with Sport England and schools around the country encouraging children to get active with the 10 Minute Shake Ups programme. It offers fun, 10-minute activities for kids, featuring their favourite Disney characters as inspiration.
The PHE survey revealed that more than half of children (57 per cent) said that they were more likely to be active if their parents were. But with another recent study suggesting that middle-age people don’t even squeeze in one 10-minute brisk walk a month, it’s perhaps no wonder that their children are inactive too.
This all ties in perfectly with our aim to get children spending less time in a chair during lesson time and using our EIGER Junior Standing Desks as an alternative. We're not suggesting all of the time, just mix it up.
To have a new generation leaving education and not be a habitual chair user would have a positive impact on long term health and wellbeing.