View: 3 Top Insider Tips For Reducing Sedentary Behaviour In Your Workplace

The Sedentary Behaviour Research Network (SBRN)* defines sedentary behaviour as:

"...any waking activity characterized by an energy expenditure ≤ 1.5 metabolic equivalents and a sitting or reclining posture.  In general this means that any time a person is sitting or lying down, they are engaging in sedentary behaviour.  Common sedentary behaviours include TV viewing, video game playing, computer use (collective termed “screen time”), driving automobiles, and reading."**

Extended periods of sedentary behaviour in the workplace are increasingly recognised as damaging to health and wellbeing.***

So, how can you reduce this behaviour in your workplace?

Here are 3 simple, top insider tips from The Office Interior Project Group®:

1.    Sit/Stand! Sit/Stand furniture is widely available and is becoming more affordable all the time. Put simply, sit/stand desks are easily adjusted from a typical seated height to a typical standing height. By regularly shifting from one height to the other, you will reduce time in your chair, increase movement and therefore blood flow and give yourself the opportunity to stretch. The same principle can be adopted for meetings; why not stand up for your next meeting?

2.    Walk and Talk! Do you need to be sitting at a table for your meeting? If not, why not walk and talk? Get some fresh air, move around, get out of the office for a few minutes and cover the topics that you need to discuss. Clearly, this won't always be practical but if your meeting is a simple 1-2-1 discussion, why not try it?

3.    Centralise Services! While it's nice to have printers, tea-points and stationery supplies close to hand, walking a short distance to use these shared services in the workplace could be good for your health. In addition to reducing sedentary behaviour, this approach could also result in incidental collaboration, whereby colleagues unexpectedly run into each other, resulting in ad-hoc discussions which would not otherwise have taken place. With a simple, low impact rearrangement of your office space, a little more movement could be easy to achieve.

To discuss any of these ideas in more detail, please contact us now. We will be delighted to discuss your office relocation, refurbishment or reconfiguration plans and can provide you with details of furniture, seating and storage options to support a less sedentary life in your workplace.

*http://www.sedentarybehaviour.org/

**http://www.sedentarybehaviour.org/what-is-sedentary-behaviour/

***http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-32069698