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Active Workplaces

We all know we need to be more active, but there is increasing evidence that we need to spend less time sitting down as well. This is particularly relevant to office workers who will spend a lot of time sat at a desk. However, there are lots of ways that you can build a bit more activity into your day.

Build activity into everyday life

Top tips for being more active:

  • Cycle or walk part, if not all, of your journey to work.
  • Get off one bus stop before your final destination.
  • If you need to drive, try to park further away and then walk the rest.
  • Try a walking meeting to discuss new ideas and projects with a colleague.
  • Stand while talking on the telephone.
  • Walk over to someone’s desk at work rather than calling them on the phone or sending an email.
  • Take the stairs instead of the lift, or get out of the lift a few floors early, then use the stairs.
  • Make use of your lunch break and go for a brisk walk.
  • Try using a pedometer or walking app and keep track of how many steps you take.
  • Build up gradually to walking 10,000 steps a day.


Would you like to join in?

With long opening hours and a wide range of activities the leisure centres in Solihull provide an excellent range of high quality opportunities to get more active. From a game of badminton or swim at lunchtime, to an aerobics class or gym session after work there is lots to do.

For details of the activities, facilities, times and prices charged visit these websites:

You can also view the list of local sport and physical activity opportunities by searching an activity in the search function at the top of the page.

Thrive at Work

Thrive at Work is a workplace commitment with criteria and guidelines on creating a workplace that promotes employee health and wellbeing, focusing on key organisational enablers such as health and safety, manager training etc. in addition to health areas such as mental, musculoskeletal and physical health and promoting healthy lifestyles.

It will include a supporting toolkit of available local and national resources, policies and services that would support implementation of the commitment and intervention uptake by employees by making it clearer and easier for them to raise awareness and take action to improve employee health and wellbeing.

The toolkit will include a health needs assessment template which employers can apply to their organisation at their discretion to determine which areas of Thrive at Work are most pertinent to them.

Read more here.