Employers have been advised to allow staff to take longer lunch breaks after a study suggested a lot of people are working through their lunch hour every day.
The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy said this increased the likelihood of illness and therefore time off work, harming both business and the individual.
The study of about 2,000 people revealed that 20 per cent of employees worked through their lunch. Half of those who did find time to take a break ate at their desk, another fifth managed to eat outside and three in every hundred went to the gym to work out.
The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy called on employers to encourage staff to be more physically active during the working day to reduce their risk of developing health problems, which can include anything from aches and pains through to life threatening conditions such as heart disease or cancer.
Only a third of workers said their employer provided any kind of exercise opportunities, such as subsidised gym membership, lunchtime running club or an after-work fitness class.
The survey was conducted for the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and health insurer Aviva, for the society’s annual Workout at Work Day.