Wellbeing & Benefits

A new survey has revealed that 46% of the working UK public say they do not have enough time for daily exercise.

The survey from office furniture providers DBI Furniture Solutions aimed to find out when and how people are scheduling in their quota of exercise each day, and the results showed that almost half of us are too busy to workout.

It’s a particularly big issue for women, with 48% claiming that they struggle to fit exercise into their busy schedules, compared with 43% of men.

Also, it appears that young professionals are the least likely to factor exercise into their routines, with 52% stating that there simply aren’t enough hours in the day.

Those who do workout are most likely to hit the gym, participate in a sport or go for a run after work (26%), whereas 17% get their quota of exercise in at the very start of the day.

Interestingly, a mere 6% said they use their lunch break in order to get active, while 5% told us that their employer regularly organises “team energisers” during the working day so that everybody has an opportunity to squeeze in a workout.

The Department of Health recommends that adults partake in at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week, but many of us are falling woefully short of this.

The total cost of inactivity in England amounts to £8.2 billion a year, so it’s vital that changes are made.

Latest statistics published by the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) showed that the average level of worker absence stands at 6.3 days a year per employee in the UK – costing companies a median £522 for each member of staff on an annual basis.

It’s imperative that more businesses take a proactive approach to ensuring their staff stay active. It’s worth their while in the long run, as fit, healthy staff are far less likely to take time off sick.

Nick Pollitt, Managing Director, at the company commented on the results of the survey: “It’s worrying, but perhaps unsurprising, that such a high percentage of the British working public struggle to fit exercise into their day. Maintaining a healthy social life alongside work commitments is difficult enough, and by the end of the day rigorous exercise is the last thing on our minds.

“On the other hand, it’s clear that businesses could be doing more to promote exercise in the workplace. When it comes to encouraging exercise, it’s the little changes that make a difference. From bringing fitness experts into the office for quick sessions, to installing a fresh water cooler, you can easily encourage healthier life choices for your team.

“It will ultimately save businesses money in the long term.”

  • Survey reveals that 46% of UK workers can’t fit exercise into their daily schedules.
  • This is a particularly big problem for those aged between 25 and 34, with 52% claiming they do not have the time.
  • The results are reflective of a wider problem of inactivity and sedentary living in the UK.
  • Only 5% of Britons said their employer organises physical activity during working hours.
  • Businesses can be doing more to encourage employees to get active – new guide explains how.

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