Five years ago the London Olympic Games came to a close. They were inspirational and the UK was fixated. At the time, the country was promised that the end of the Games would not mean the end of the success story, that there would be a lasting legacy for sport participation. But it hasn’t happened.
The government gave Sport England £1bn to invest in grassroots sports, and Jeremy Hunt, then Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, said the Games provided an “extraordinary chance” to “reinvigorate this country’s sporting habits for both the young and the old”.
He described it as a “once-in-a-generation opportunity, a real golden moment for the UK”.
But there has been virtually no increase in participation in sport. The UK is still one of the most inactive countries in the world.
We love our sport and exercise at I Want A Standing Desk but we always maintain that what is the most effective activity is “every day activity”.
Sport should be the “icing on the cake” over and above walking, stair climbing and of course standing.
Standing desks are not the total solution but they can play a significant part in getting a large percentage of the UK population out of a chair and active on a daily basis.