Judy Viitanen and the PRimage team are always reading about the health costs of physical inactivity – recent statistics show that lack of exercise in England costs an estimated £8.2 billion each year – this includes the direct costs of treating diseases linked to lack of activity and the indirect costs caused through sickness absence. So it’s good news that NICE guidance says that the UK’s employers should encourage their members of staff to be physically active: PRimage totally agree! Judy and the team believe that as well as benefitting employees’ health, a more active workforce can also improve productivity.
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence says employers in all organisations should attempt to improve health in the workplace. It recommends that employers encourage employees to walk, cycle or use another mode of transport involving physical activity to travel part or all of the way to and from work. Employees should be helped to be physically active during the working day, the guidance adds, for example by providing information about walking or cycling routes or putting up signs to encourage staff to use the stairs.
And new research from scientists at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden discovered that men who walked or cycled for at least 30 minutes a day had a 34 per cent lower risk of dying from cancer than men who did less exercise or nothing at all.