A new survey reveals more than half of those working from home estimate they are sitting down for an average of two hours and 40 minutes longer per day.
The Ipsos MRBI survey was commissioned by the Irish Heart Foundation which is warning of the dangers of sitting down for long periods and calling on workers to move for a minute each hour during the working day. The survey was conducted by phone interviews with 1,0007 people between August 1 and 10.
The survey found that more than half of all workers in Ireland have been able to work from home since restrictions began, with 53% of them sitting down for longer than when in the office or their usual place of work. One in four of those who are sitting for longer are remaining sedentary for at least three hours more than previously.
The research was conducted as part of the Irish Heart Foundation’s Escape Your Chair Heart Month campaign supported by the HSE which calls on the nation to get up and move for a minute each hour during the day as a way to kick-start their daily exercise.
The charity is calling on people to take the Escape Your Chair challenge and has created a range of resources to help people move more and sit less – including an online sitting time calculator, a Deskercise video and a training guide to walk or run 5k. All of these are available at www.EscapeYourChair.ie along with expert tips on how to stay well while working from home.
Speaking this week, Campaign ambassador and fitness expert, Karl Henry said, "Workers who find themselves sitting down for longer can kick-start their daily exercise by making sure to stand up and move away from the desk for a minute each hour during the working day. Being physically active can release endorphins that can help relieve stress, boost mood, and improve self-esteem. When we find ourselves in a stressful situation at work, a quick stroll can help clear our heads while also helping our hearts and reducing our sitting time."