Physical Wellbeing

Inactivity has been described as a 'silent killer'. Sedentary behaviour – sitting or lying down for long periods – is bad for your health.

Too much watching TV, using a computer, taking the car on short journeys and sitting down to read can increase your risk of heart disease, stroke and type two diabetes, lead to weight gain and negatively effect your mental wellbeing. Maintaining a healthy weight or losing some weight has real health benefits. Losing just 5kg (11 lbs) could lower your blood pressure and cholesterol levels and may improve your mobility and reduce aches and pains!

To stay healthy you need to spend less time sitting down and raise your activity levels. This means being active every day and achieving at least 150 minutes of physical activity over a week.

 

National Services Scotland

The NSS Healthy Working Lives Team are here to provide advice and guidance on all elements of health and wellbeing.  We want equitable access by all staff groups regardless of their fitness level, shift pattern or protected characteristics. Engaging in physical activity not only supports good physical health but good mental health also.We have developed a few guides to help support you in finding an activity that suits your lifestyle.

Swimming                                 

Cycling (includes NSS Cycle to Work programme)                           

Walking

 

Scottish Ballet Movement and Breath Sessions for all NHS & HSCP Staff

Are you seeking fresh ways to feel healthy? Needing to release stress, anxiety and fatigue? 

These 10 and 20-minute pre-recorded sessions can be used to support physical and mental wellbeing. Accompanied by specially created music, these resources are used by staff in the workplace and at home and are accessible to all staff regardless of fitness level or age. No movement experience is needed. To access these free sessions click the link and scroll down to the page to the coloured buttons - Scottish Ballet Movement and Breath Sessions for all NHS & HSCP Staff

 

Easy Options to implement into your daily routine to help support physical activity into your day can be as easy as:

  - Get off the bus a stop earlier when going to and from work

  - Take the stairs instead of the lift

  - Walk to a colleague’s desk instead of phoning or emailing them

For those of us that are still working at home include:

  - Go for a lunchtime walk

  - Take regular breaks away from your desk / work area

 If you require additional information you can Contact Us through HR Connect Contact Us / Wellbeing 

NHS 24

NHS 24 employees can now participate in a Cycle to Work Salary Sacrifice Scheme through Cycle2Work.   The scheme is available through Cycle2Work and will enable NHS 24 employees to give up part of their pre-tax salary in exchange for a benefit – in this instance a bicycle and/or accessories. Cycle2Work allows employees to source bicycles from approximately 460 Halfords stores and 21 Cycle Republic stores in addition to a network of independent bike shops.  Full details can be found under the Finance section of the NHS 24 Intranet.

View this video on lower back conditioning to prevent any unnecessary injury to your back.

Here are some other ways to incorporate physical activity into your day at work:

 - Get off the bus a stop earlier when going to and from work

 - Take the stairs instead of the lift

 - Walk to a colleague’s desk instead of phoning or emailing them

 - Go for a lunchtime walk

 - Take regular breaks away from your desk

 

NHS Golden Jubilee

Look out for regular information on healthy eating on our notice boards or contact the Occupational Health Department for information and advice.

Contact the Occupational Health Department for information on physical activity, check eDigest for information on local events and staff discount at the Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel's Centre for Health and Wellbeing.  Employees may also be entitled to discounted membership rates with Glasgow Club gyms.

Our Physiotherapists also produce a regular blog/Twitter feed on maintaining good health.

Public Health Scotland

The NSS Healthy Working Lives Team are here to provide advice and guidance on all elements of health and wellbeing.  We want equitable access by all staff groups regardless of their fitness level, shift pattern or protected characteristics. Engaging in physical activity not only supports good physical health but good mental health also.We have developed a few guides to help support you in finding an activity that suits your lifestyle.

Swimming                                 Cycling                                  Walking

 

Scottish Ballet Movement and Breath Sessions for all NHS & HSCP Staff

Are you seeking fresh ways to feel healthy? Needing to release stress, anxiety and fatigue? 

These 10 and 20-minute pre-recorded sessions can be used to support physical and mental wellbeing. Accompanied by specially created music, these resources are used by staff in the workplace and at home and are accessible to all staff regardless of fitness level or age. No movement experience is needed. To access these free sessions click the link and scroll down to the page to the coloured buttons - Scottish Ballet Movement and Breath Sessions for all NHS & HSCP Staff

 

Easy Options to implement into your daily routine to help support physical activity into your day can be as easy as:

  - Get off the bus a stop earlier when going to and from work

  - Take the stairs instead of the lift

  - Walk to a colleague’s desk instead of phoning or emailing them

For those of us that are still working at home include:

  - Go for a lunchtime walk

  - Take regular breaks away from your desk / work area

 If you require additional information you can Contact Us through HR Connect Contact Us / Wellbeing 

Scottish Ambulance Service

The easiest solution is to make activity part of everyday life, like walking, cycling instead of using the car or getting off the bus a stop earlier.

The more you do, the better it is for you, and taking part in sports and exercise where possible will benefit your health even more.

Here are some ways to incorporate physical activity into your day at work.

 - Get off the bus a stop earlier when going to and from work

 - Take the stairs instead of the lift

 - Walk to a colleague’s desk instead of phoning or emailing them

 - Go for a lunchtime walk

 - Take regular breaks away from your desk – walk to the photocopier or printer

 - Join a lunchtime walking or jogging group.