Our slow moving working lifestyles may be taking its toll on our heath reveals a new survey by CareerBuilder.co.uk. Half of UK workers (50%) have gained weight since starting their current job and 15% have gained nearly 1.5 stone (9kg) – the equivalent to a large Pug dog.
65% believe their weight gain is caused by sitting behind a desk for most of the day and ironically, nearly six in ten workers (59%) don’t even take time away from their work station to eat lunch! It’s hardly surprising therefore that we also struggle to exercise during our lunch breaks with 84% of us saying we don’t have time to do so.
This trend is impacting our health and Rosemary Haefner, Global Vice President of Human Resources at CareerBuilder says:
“Some companies have started to implement healthy living initiatives in the workplace and its worth finding out if your company offers any healthy lifestyle discounts and offers.”
“Even small changes can make a big difference. Try taking the stairs instead of the lift or stop by a colleague’s desk instead of sending an email. When the weather is sunny, get out there and enjoy it by hopping off the bus at an earlier stop and walk the rest of the way to the office.”
Nearly a quarter (23%) of workers surveyed say they snack at least twice during the working day with 9% snacking more than three times! Other reasons given for waistlines expanding include eating because of stress (43%) and eating out regularly (10%).
As well as walking more, Haefner recommends the following exercises to help lose the extra pounds this summer: