Are You Losing Weight at Work? Fat Chance!

Our slow moving working lifestyles may be taking their toll on our health, reveals a recent survey by a national  employment provider. Half of UK workers have gained weight since starting their current job and 15% have gained nearly 1.5 stone (9kg) – the equivalent to a large Pug dog.

Many new employees believe their weight gain is caused by sitting behind a desk for most of the day and ironically, nearly six in ten workers don’t even take time away from their work station to eat lunch! It’s hardly surprising therefore that we also struggle to get any 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 the provider of this survey reflects:

“Some companies have started to implement healthy living initiatives in the workplace and it’s 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, the following exercises can help you and your colleagues feel healthier and work  better:

  • Snack healthy – Snacking can seem innocent when done in small bits and pieces, but the extra calories will start to add up quickly. Keep plenty of veggies and fruits in the office fridge so you have a healthier choice on hand.
  • Pack your lunch – Bringing your lunch to work helps you better control your portions and also saves you money.
  • Choose water – Drink water throughout the day instead of caffeinated drinks or juices. This helps make you feel fuller faster, and cuts down on the calories.
  • Sneak in some exercise – If you have time and the weather allows it, take a short walk at lunch time with colleagues.

Healthy body, healthy mind, healthy and happy workplace.

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