Walking at Work

Doctors are warning that sitting down for long periods of time can shorten our lives by resulting in a higher risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. 

Whilst you may start the day with a jog or a walk or even go for a swim or to the gym after work, it doesn’t negate the fact that office workers often sit at their desk for most of the day.  As one office worker put it "It’s the equivalent of doing a long haul flight every day at your desk!" 

So how is it possible for those of us who work at desk jobs all day to be more active?  Here are a few ideas to help you up out of your chair.

  • Set a reminder on your outlook calendar to move every hour
  • Use a printer further away from your desk so you have to get up and walk
  • Use the stairs rather than take the lift
  • Have fun with your colleagues and do some stretches together during the day
  • Take a walk at lunchtime
  • Wear a pedometer at work and try to do 10,000 steps a day

Paths for All have a Walk At Work Toolkit if you'd like to set up a workplace walking project and can also offer some workplace training if you need support.

Walking 10,000 steps a day can improve your health, build stamina and burn excess calories. As office worker Kate discovers, it's easier than you might think.



The aim of the plan is to get you walking briskly for at least half an hour on at least five days of the week.