On Your Feet Britain

April 14, 2023

Did you know that 70% of our average 9 hours of sitting time is at work?(2) and a recent survey suggests that 45% of women and 37% of men spend less than 30 minutes a day up on their feet at work.(1) Research suggests sedentary behaviour at the office increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and dying prematurely from cardiovascular disease. It has also been associated with obesity and weight gain, a key risk factor for coronary heart disease.(3)

On Thursday 25th April, Get Britain Standing and Yo-Yo DESK are asking the nation to take a stand for improved office wellness and productivity by getting on our feet.

We want to encourage everyone to break free from the sedentary lifestyle often associated with office work. Whether you’re working from home or in a traditional office setting, taking regular breaks to stand up, stretch, or even go for a short walk can have a significant impact on your overall well-being.

Sitting for more than 4 hours each day may result in:

  • Enzymes responsible for burning harmful blood fats shutting down
  • Lower Metabolic rate (calorie burning)
  • Disrupted blood sugar levels
  • Increased insulin and blood pressure levels
  • Leg muscles switching off

Which in turn increases the risk of:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Cancer
  • Back ache
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Muscle degeneration

That’s why we want our workplace and individuals to stand and move more for the day. You can be as creative as you like, have fun with your colleagues but above all break-up and reduce your sitting time.

Ideas to get you moving

  • Make (or take) phone calls while standing up
  • Organise standing or walking meetings
  • Pause internal emails for the day (where reasonable to do so!). Walk over to a colleague to discuss work instead
  • Avoid having lunch at your desk
  • Take a walk during your lunch break (if the weather is unfavourable, consider using a treadmill, lifting weights for a quick workout, or doing mobility/stretching exercises on a mat)
  • If travelling to work by public transport, get off a stop earlier and walk the rest.
  • Take the stairs instead of using the lift.
  • Walk, run or cycle to work

At Physiotherapy Matters, we’re here to support you by keeping you active and helping you achieve your physical goals. Our team of dedicated physiotherapists is committed to providing personalised care to help you recover from injuries, manage chronic conditions, and improve your overall well-being.

Call us on 0191 285 8701 or email info@physiotherapymatters.co.uk to find out more


  1. Survey commissioned by the British Heart Foundation. All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from One Poll. Total sample size was 2,000 UK office workers.
  2. A Clemes et al, ‘Sitting time and step counts in office workers’ 2014, Occupational Medicine. doi:10.1093/occmed/kqt164. Kazi et al, ‘A survey of sitting time in UK employees’ 2014, Occupational Medicine. doi:10.1093/occmed/kqu099
  3. Wilmot EG,  Edwardson CL, Achana FA et al (2012) Sedentary time in adults and the association with diabetes, cardiovascular disease and death: systematic review and meta-analysis. Diabetologia 55: 2895-2905

Get Britain Standing: a campaign to grow awareness and education of the dangers of sedentary working and prolonged sitting time.  Our goal is to draw public attention to the significant increase in health risks [i.e. cardiovascular disease, diabetes (type 2) and cancer] caused by excessive and prolonged sitting. The Campaign is funded by the social enterprise Active Working C.I.C [Community Interest Company] and Yo-Yo OFFICE Limited.

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