My Active Work Life – move more and stress less at work

My Active Work Life is here to help you feel better at work, both physically and mentally, by showing you simple and easy things that we can all do as part of a busy lifestyle to move more whilst we’re in work – even if you’re sat down for most of the day.

Everyone can get from being a little bit more active – even if you don’t feel that you’re ‘sporty’ or ‘active’, and you actually don’t need to do that much physical activity to start feeling some of these benefits!

What’s on this page…

We’ve put together a pick’n’mix selection of options and ideas to get you moving more at work, including top tips to be more active at work, downloadable guides, videos and inspiring stories from Merseyside employees – have a look around and see what’s on offer…

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Our quick to read and inspiring My Active Work Life newsletter is available every two months, and you can get it straight to your inbox by signing up using the link below.  As part of the newsletter we share some top-tips, ideas to spice up the office and info about local events that we think you might be interested in.

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Moving more can help you to:

Move more whilst working from home

Your place of work might look a bit different at the moment – many workers across Merseyside are now switching on their computer from the comfort of their own four walls rather than heading into the office.  This change in our daily routine can seem strange, and it’s tempting to move around less in your home, especially if you’re doing work in your PJs!

But there’s still lots that you can do when you’re at home to keep moving throughout the working day.  The key is doing something that you enjoy, and mixing it up with different activities or goals.

We’ve pulled together a few simple suggestions and resources that you could look at doing as part of your new routine.

 

 

You can also view the My Active Work Life top-tips for working from home, or our COVID-19 Being Active page; with further links and resources including suggested exercises for those with families and for those looking for something more gentle.

Move more in the workplace

Being active at work isn’t about:

  • lifting weights at your desk
  • sprinting down the corridor
  • walking in to your 10am meeting in full lycra

 

It’s just about…

building more movement in to your daily routine, especially if you spend most of your day sat at your desk or in meetings.

  • take the stairs instead of the lift
  • park a little further away from the office
  • use a toilet on the next floor up/down, rather than the one that’s nearest to you
  • walk over to your colleague instead of sending an email
  • stand up when you’re on the phone
  • go for a walking meeting, or have an active meeting

Active Meetings

Can’t go for a walking meeting? Make it an active one!

Check out our video guide below, and download our folded card to print out and put on your meeting room tables.

Increase your step count

  • How many steps do you do on a working day? Monitor how many steps you do on a typical day, and then aim to gradually increase it.  Download our guide if you’re not sure about how to count your steps
  • Have a go at the 9 week NHS ‘Couch to 5k‘ programme, where you start off from a walking pace up to being able to jog 5k (3.1 miles) – downloadable training programme and podcasts available
  • Join the #ActiveSoles movement and wear your trainers with pride at work!  Tweet your pictures in to us at @MerseysideSport

 

Anyone for table tennis?

Table tennis is a really popular activity in the workplace – great for letting off a bit of steam and socialising with your colleagues.

You don’t even need a table tennis table to play, as MSP have table tennis ‘instant sets’ that you can borrow for your workplace – check out the video below and contact d.woodworth@merseysidesport.com if you’re interested in getting involved.

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