Physical Activity

The physical activity of your employees may feel like something that is out of your control but there are many ways in which you can promote physical activity as part of your healthy workplace. Take a look at our handy tips and information about local support below.

What is Physical Activity?

Physical activity is a movement of the body that requires energy. This can include everyday activities such as walking to work or doing housework (moderate activity). 

Although activity of any intensity provides health benefits, greater intensity provides more benefit for the same amount of time. Activities need to be of at least moderate-to-vigorous intensity to achieve the full breadth of health benefits – see the guidance below:

The UK Chief Medical Officer has developed guidance on recommended physical activity levels for adults and older adults which can be seen on this handy infographic. The guidelines also help explain the different levels of intensity and recommended amounts of each type of exercise. 

For good physical and mental health, adults should aim to be physically active every day. Any activity is better than none, and more is better still.

Encouraging staff to start small and move more is better than doing nothing at all.

For more guidance on moderate and vigorous activity visit the CMO guidelines.

When getting more active, it is important to maintain a healthy diet and stay hydrated.

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