You and Your Workplace
We may be living longer but we’re also working longer. The mandatory retirement age has reached 65, meaning the average Joe can now expect to spend upwards of 40 years working. And of those 40 years, the chances are you’ll spend around 10 of them either in work or travelling to or from work. Scary stuff, unless of course you get the balance right.
Regardless of the line or work you’re in or the level you’re at, everybody should have the opportunity to combine work with other responsibilities and aspirations. And for those who believe hours spent shackled to the grindstone are barring their way to the fitter and healthier being they dream of, the good news is that there are ways of making physical activity work for you in the workplace.
Finding ways to include physical activity during the workday is fast becoming the most practical way to become more active and achieve the target of 30 minutes of exercise, five times per week.
Not only is it practical, in an age that allows us to get away with leading a largely sedentary life, it is also critical. Today the average worker burns about 2,300 calories a day, while our ancestors would have been using around 5,500. Returning to hunter gatherer days might be verging on the extreme, but upping your daily activity levels is not an unreasonable ask, especially when considering how simple it can be to slot some activity into your working day.
Whatever line of work you’re in, you will have almost certainly succumbed to some common workplace gripes, including stress, irritability, tiredness, lack of concentration, lethargy, back pain and a boss you can’t bear!
The good news is there’s no need for stoicism. There is so much scope for improvement and getting active can help you banish many of your workplace blues – although it is unlikely to make your boss any more bearable!
In the same way that you we’re told to invest in a pension to secure a good standard of living in retirement, likewise by investing in your health and wellbeing during your working years you should find you are better able to enjoy years after work.