08/09/2011 05:48 BST | Updated 07/11/2011 05:12 GMT

Physiotherapy Society: Workers 'Need To Exercise More'

PRESS ASSOCIATION -- Workers are being urged to take more physical activity after a new study found more than two out of five people get out of breath walking up stairs or running for a bus.

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) said a poll of 2,000 adults shows women are more likely than men to admit that simple everyday activities leave them out of puff.

More than 150 physiotherapists will on Thursday visit workplaces across the country to encourage people to adopt a healthier lifestyle, dubbing it Workout at Work Day.

CSP chairman Ann Green said: "Physiotherapists see the consequences of inactivity every day and it's a real concern that so many people are left out of breath by relatively simple tasks.

"Time and financial pressures obviously prevent many people from taking exercise but Workout at Work Day is about showing people the cheap and easy ways that it can be built into any daily routine.

"Adopting some of these healthy habits can help us tackle the obesity crisis facing the UK today."

Among the activities being led by physios on Thursday are exercise classes, lunchtime walking clubs, cycling challenges and table tennis.

The CSP urged employers to make exercise a regular feature of the workplace.