Physical Inactivity

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Physical Activity

The issue

Physical inactivity and sedentary behaviour is one of the biggest global health issues and increases the risk factor for chronic diseases. Being physically active and limiting sedentary behaviour can:

  • Prevent heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure
  • Reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and some cancers
  • Help build and maintain healthy bones, muscles and joints
  • Improve mental health
  • Assist with weight management 

Having healthy and active workers is also important from a business perspective. Research shows healthy workers can be up to 30% more productive than unhealthy workers and they also take less sick leave. Healthy workers can also be safer workers.

Facts about Physical Activity highlights the key statistics and facts about physical activity in an easy to understand infographic. 

What can your workplace do?

Employers can support workers to be physically active on a regular basis. This can be done in many ways and doesn’t have to be costly or time-consuming.  Take a look at our resources and find out how you can encourage and support your workers to be more active throughout the work day:

For many of us, overly long meetings can be a significant source of sedentary behaviour within a modern workplace environment. Many of us are unaware of the very real harm that sitting too much exposes us to, including a heightened risk of heart disease, diabetes and poor mental and emotional health among other chronic health conditions.  

7 steps to a healthier meeting' is a resource which provides useful tips and information to help your workplace achieve healthier meetings and tackle sitting less throughout the workday.

In addition to healthier meetings, if you or your colleagues spend most of the day sitting at work then the 3-minute workout plan resource is great to share within your workplace. It outlines a range of exercises you can undertake virtually anywhere to break up your sitting by moving more. 

Longer term, you should think about creating a policy that sets out your organisation's intentions and commitment to providing a work environment that encourages good health. 

If you are looking to incorporate physical activity into your workplace health and wellbeing program, Australia's Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines for Adults (18-64 years) provides a great place to start. 

To raise awareness about the importance of physical activity and sitting less in your workday watch our Toolbox video #6: Do more to get more or share Facts about Physical Activity with your colleagues to help increase awareness about the importance of physical activity. And, check out the 'Have you heard about? section below to see what programs your workplace could get involved with.

Have you heard about?

  • Get on Track Challenge is a free, online, team-based challenge that uses fun and friendly competition to encourage workers to make healthier choices with physical activity and healthy eating.
  • My Healthy Balance is a free online, educational healthy lifestyle program which encourages and supports healthy behaviour changes related to physical activity, healthy eating and healthy weight.
  • Your Move is a free workplace initiative to promote active travel and integrating physical activity into your work day.
  • Walking@Work is a free resource designed to help workplaces start a workplace walking group.

Get in touch with us

Healthier Workplace WA
Cancer Council Western Australia
420 Bagot Road
Subiaco WA 6008
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