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GeneralDec 17, 2020

Encourage people to exercise at work rather than in their leisure time for greater impact

Public health initiatives should focus on boosting people’s physical activity levels while they are at work, according to an editorial in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

A team led by Andreas Holtermann, from the National Research Centre for the Working Environment in Copenhagen, Denmark, calls for a shift away from the traditional approach of encouraging people to be more active in their leisure time.



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After all, Professor Holtermann and his colleagues argue, people typically spend almost half their waking hours in the workplace – potentially offering a large ‘time bank’ to exploit.

       Why promote physical activity in the workplace?

  • almost half of working-age adults’ waking hours is spent there
  • they can offer the structure, environment and social setting needed to improve physical activity levels in a sustainable
  • employers benefit from improved productivity levels, less sickness absence and reduced work disability-related cost...

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