Workplace workout 'essential for good mental and physical health'

PUBLISHED: 11:18 06 August 2017

Ward staff at Beccles Hospital taking part in a pilates class run by physiotherapist Sarah Doyle. Picture: ECCH

Ward staff at Beccles Hospital taking part in a pilates class run by physiotherapist Sarah Doyle. Picture: ECCH

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A lunchtime walk around Beccles was organised for staff as well as a pilates class at Beccles Hospital.

ECCH physiotherapy business support manager Rita Marjoram and Health, safety and tesilience support officer Alice Kirk man the Workout at Work stand at Beccles Hospital. Picture: ECCHECCH physiotherapy business support manager Rita Marjoram and Health, safety and tesilience support officer Alice Kirk man the Workout at Work stand at Beccles Hospital. Picture: ECCH

ECCH’s Physiotherapy and Neurology team manned a stand in the hospital reception area to promote the importance of health, wellbeing and daily exercise to the public.

ECCH physiotherapy business support manager Rita Marjoram, who organised the day, said: “It’s really important that people realise how bad it is for their physical and mental health to sit at their desks all day.

“Some studies show that alternating between standing and sitting every 30 minutes throughout the day reduces blood sugar spikes by 11 per cent and reduces lower back pain by more than 30 per cent. If you can’t do that, just take a break from your desk and have a walk. You really feel better for it, even if it’s only for ten minutes.”

The event was part of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy‘s Workout at Work campaign, which aims to help improve physical and mental health in the workplace.

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