The survey found that more than a third (35%) of people whose work is solely or mainly office based, spend just an hour or less on physical exercise per week, with nearly one in ten admitting (9%) they do no exercise at all. Activities which can have a positive impact on wellbeing, such as reading a book or doing a crossword, are also being squeezed, with nearly half (48%) devoting just an hour or less every week to such activities.
The findings come as Age UK and Bupa launch a partnership which sees the organisations come together to help more older people to live well, age well and ‘love later life’. Laurie Boult, Head of Fundraising at Age UK, said: ‘Research has shown that looking after our mental wellbeing is just as important as protecting our physical health when it comes to ageing. While genes have an effect, 75% of the factors that lead to longer life are within our own control, like lifestyle and nutrition(3). Everyone can take steps to help them age better and it’s never too early or too late to start. That’s why we’re working with Bupa to empower people to lead a healthy life now and support older people to do the same.’
For office workers feeling the squeeze on time to dedicate to their health, there are lots of fun ways for people to get fit, keep active and help improve their physical and mental wellbeing. Age UK and Bupa have reviewed existing academic studies and research to compile 10 tips that can help maintain healthy ageing – benefiting both physiological and cognitive health. These tips can be found at www.ageuk.org.uk/ageingtips.