Tackling Inactivity in Workplaces

Carlisle Brass has once again teamed up with Active Cumbria in promoting Workplace Challenge.

Workplace challenge running from January 8th until March 4th is to "make every minute count". Encouraging staff to join and introduce ten-minute bitesize chunks of physical activity before, during and after work. This is open to all our employees. Each time a member of staff completes an activity be it body pump or even gardening, you just log it (via the website or app) and earn points.

Workplace Challenge, the national activity tracking resource, which brings together 30 County Sports Partnerships including Active Cumbria to support and promote physical activity in and around the workplace.

Alarming statistics show the average Brit sits down for 8.9 hours every day and one in four of us do fewer than 30 minutes of physical activity a week– contributing to around 131 million working days lost to sickness in England each year.

Statistics show 40 percent of people in England do not exercise enough, despite government guidelines which state that all adults should exercise for 150 minutes each week. In total, 131 million working days are lost to sickness in England each year and poor mental and physical health amongst our workforce is costing the UK taxpayer over £60 billion.

Richard Johnston for Active Cumbria said: “It’s all too easy to stay at the desk over lunch or to work late in the office to meet a deadline, but this is contributing to a worrying trend of inactivity amongst the working population. Too many of us aren’t getting the recommended 150 mins of exercise in a week – and it’s having a serious impact on our mental and physical health, not to mention the productivity of workers. 

The level of competition among colleagues has been fantastic and has a positive impact on team morale.  The knock on effects we can expect to see as a business such as reduced absenteeism due to sickness and reduced stress make it a real win-win.

To find out more about how your workplace can get involved in the 2018 Active Workplace Challenge visit www.workplacechallenge.org.uk/2018challenge