How much exercise do we need to do to offset sedentary work effects?

One hour's exercise is ideal Prof Ulf Ekelund, of the Norwegian School of Sports Sciences and the University of Cambridge, led a recent study, the findings of which were reported in a BBC health news article of 27 July He said: "For many people who commute to work and have office-based jobs, there is no way to escape sitting for prolonged periods of time. "For these people in particular, we cannot stress enough the importance of getting exercise, whether it's getting out for a walk at lunchtime, going for a run in the…Read more

Olympic research suggests armchair sport comes with health risks

Health risks of Watching TV Watching TV was found to be even worse for your health than sitting at a desk, according to recent research findings reported a recent article published on the BBC website (27 July 2016*) ahead of the Olympics.   Watching TV for more than three hours was associated with an increased risk of premature death for all but the most active, as a result of  heart disease, diabetes and some cancers, which have all been linked to inactivity. Whilst sitting at a desk all day is bad for your health,…Read more

Office workers need to be doing one hour of exercise a day to offset risks of early death

Office work often means 8 hours plus a day sitting at a desk and the latest findings from scientists shows that office workers should take an hour's brisk exercise a day to offset the risks of early death that this more sedentary lifestyle can lead to. Occupational health providers will be one group looking carefully at this new analysis of data from more than a million people is part of a study of physical activity published in the Lancet to coincide with the Olympics. The methodology To look at the impact of activity…Read more

New study shows timing of exercise linked to improved learning

Leading occupational health providers Medigold were interested to read about a recent Dutch study on exercise which plays such a crucial role in maintaining workplace health. The BBC ( 17 June 2016*) reported that the findings indicated that intensive physical exercise, if taken four hours after learning,  is key to remembering information learnt. Exercise is known to release proteins that can boost the part of the brain related to memory, and this recent study also suggests the timing of it is crucial. The Study The study, published in Current Biology, tested 72 people…Read more

Working in the sun – how to avoid sunburn

Sunburn can be very painful and can lead to staff sickness and absence  so it is well worth employers educating staff, particularly for those working outside. To help, leading occupational health providers, Medigold, have come up with the following handy points to remember to do and things to beware of when working in the sun. Do Spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm where possible If you work outdoors, make sure you spend your breaks in the shade Allow for reflection – up to 85% of UV rays can be reflected…Read more

Sunburn watch – why it’s important for everybody

Sunburn can be very painful and can lead to staff sickness and absence so it is well worth employers educating staff, particularly for those working outside. Most people think about sunburn as something that happens on holiday, or in hot sunny places. But sunburn can happen just as easily at home, especially between May and September in the UK. In fact, you can get burned just as easily at home or at work and many cases happen when people are not deliberately ‘sunbathing’.  You can suffer sun burn working outdoors, watching or playing…Read more

Poor lifestyle choices will impact on workplace health

Leading occupational health providers, Medigold, have highlighted some UK statistical health trends which could help focus employers’ efforts on improving health in the workplace.  A report published in May 2016 by The Cass Business School and the International Longevity Centre reveals the findings of their study based on figures from the Human Mortality Database , which measured the differences in age between the youngest 10% of adult deaths and the oldest 5%. The gap between the lifespans of rich and poor people in England and Wales is rising for the first time since…Read more

How to make moderate exercise work for you and improve workplace health

Some of us may have had the dedication or time to exercise through the winter months but now the warmer weather and longer days are here, it is well worth considering how you can introduce moderate exercise into your daily and workplace health routines. The misconception about exercise and burning calories is that you have to run a half marathon, swim the English Channel or cycle across the country to achieve your goal, this is simply not the case. In fact, moderate intensity exercise is best for burning fat! What is moderate exercise?…Read more

7 Reasons to walk each day and improve workplace health

Brisk walking – that’s striding out and walking faster – is good for your health!  Here are 7 good reasons why it’s worth walking more briskly and building this into your daily and workplace health routines: Brisk walking will tone your legs, arms, bum and tum It will improve your strength, balance and posture. Walking in the morning, say to work, will help counter lethargy.   Early morning starts can be a struggle but walking to work awakens the mind leaving you feeling highly energised, alert and ready for the day ahead. Walking can…Read more

New research finds moderate exercise can improve staff productivity

The misconception about exercise and burning calories is that you have to run a half marathon, swim the English Channel or cycle across the country to achieve your goal.  This is simply not the case.  Moderate exercise can have significant lifestyle benefits and is actually the best form of exercise for burning fat! Recent research from Bristol University looked at how people felt on days that they exercised moderately, compared to days when they didn’t exercise at all, and found that people who are active tend to be more productive and have a…Read more