Physical therapist Nicky Creighton leads a keep fit session in the car park of the Community Therapy Services in Bromborough, Wirral.
Physical therapist Nicky Creighton leads a keep fit session in the car park of the Community Therapy Services in Bromborough, Wirral.

UK physical therapists help hundreds get active in the workplace

Physical therapists across the UK organised events to get employees out of their seats and on the move to mark World Physical Therapy Day. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy declared a “Workout at Work” day on 8th September, and supported physical therapists in organising events in around 150 workplaces.

The mass-participation event aimed to show how people can adopt healthier habits and build more activity into their daily working lives. In a remarkable range of settings – shops, offices, department stores, hospitals and even a power station – employees were offered Pilates classes, lunchtime walking clubs, cycling challenges and table tennis, as well as advice and information sessions. Employees at Arriva Trains Wales learned how to monitor their fitness, while staff at the CSP’s head office took to the streets on a lunchtime walk.

As part of the initiative, the CSP carried out a survey of the public. It found that four in ten people get out of breath walking up stairs or running for a bus. Some 46% of women who responded to the online poll, carried out in July, admitted these simple activities left them out of puff, as did 39 per cent of men.

Ann Green, Chair of the CSP, said: “Physiotherapists see the consequences of inactivity every day and it’s a real concern that so many people are left out of breath by relatively simple tasks. Workout at Work Day showed people the cheap and easy ways that exercise can be built into any daily routine.”

“Adopting some of these healthy habits can help us tackle the obesity crisis facing the UK today.”