Staff from South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust will take part in the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy’s (CSP) Workout at Work Day next week.
Held nationally on Thursday 8 September, Workout at Work Day is part of the CSP’s Move for Health campaign, which promotes ways for people to be active in their daily lives.
Trust staff will be getting involved by taking part in a free 30-minute zumba taster session, held at Fieldhead at lunch time.
The Trust is also encouraging local people to get more active in their everyday lives, whether by building exercise into their commute or going for a walk on their lunch breaks.
Laura Wharmby, specialist physiotherapist for the Trust, said: "We all know that exercise is very important for our physical and mental wellbeing but it can be difficult to fit it in to busy lives. In fact, the CSP found in a recent poll that 42% of adults are still not getting the recommended amount of exercise each week.
"We hope that the Workout at Work Day will show our staff how easy it is to fit exercise into their daily lives, and how fun it can be too, so hopefully they, along with other local people, will start to be more active at work."
Adults should aim to do a minimum of 30 minutes moderate-intensity physical activity, five times a week, such as fast walking, tennis, hiking, or mowing the lawn. The CSP’s top tips to help you get active at work: 1. Take regular short breaks from your work – set an alarm or alert to remind you to get away from your desk/workstation 2. Do some simple exercises in your chair 3. Go for a walk or a run during your lunch break 4. Join a gym – your employer may have an existing arrangement offering reduced membership fees 5. Build exercise into your commute – get off the bus a stop early, cycle or walk to work if possible, go for a walk after parking your car or stand up for some of your train journey.