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Employers have a duty to create a culture which supports and encourages a more balanced lifestyle.
Feeling stressed? Regularly hitting the mid-afternoon dip as you find yourself staring at your screen un-productively? Suffering from that niggling little health problem that you never seem to shake off? It may be time to push the chair back, step away from the desk and hit the fresh air for a 10 minute break.
We know that taking a break is good for us. In fact a report from the National Charity Partnership revealed that nine in ten of us report feeling healthier and more positive simply from taking a short walk outside the office. But the same report revealed that only 5% of us do something active during our lunch hour and 40% of us regularly work through our lunch break.
The reason? The report blames heavy workload (32%), workplace culture (14%) and stress (13%). By giving in to these pressures we are not only laying ourselves open to the charge of aiding and abetting poor leadership, we are also setting ourselves up for a greater chance of developing type II diabetes or heart problems in later life.
In a bid to improve levels of adult fitness the National Charity Partnership has launched a campaign called ‘Let’s Do This.’ But whilst individuals can work on their own fitness levels, employers too have a duty to create a culture which supports and encourages a more balanced lifestyle.