One of our recent studies found that a surprising three-quarters of Brits (75%) spend most of the daylight hours inside, whilst a third (32%) of the nation confessed to spending less than one hour outside on a typical weekday.
The daily commute and a busy job were frequently mentioned factors that prevented people from getting outside as often as they would like. Over half of employed Brits spend less than ten minutes outside on their lunch break, with just a mere 3% taking advantage of the full hour available to them. Perhaps this is because a fifth have too much work and more than one in ten worry about being away from their desk!
to get more insight into their lunchtime habits and the effect it has on their overall health and wellbeing.
We interviewed three random people regarding their working day!
“I spend about 45 minutes a day in total outside, this includes walking the dogs and pottering around in the garden, before and after work.
“During the week when I’m working I only get to spend about 1 hour a day outside, when I take the dogs for a walk. Although at the weekends this is more like 4-5 hours.”
“On weekdays, I get to be outside around 3 hours, although at the weekend this is upwards of 6 hours, as I am not working and like to spend time with the family.”
Everybody is different and individual vitamin D levels can vary depending on the time of year, your job (i.e. how much daytime you spend indoors), your clothing and even your skin type. The recommended daily maintenance dosage is 400IU daily (or 10mcg) as outlined in the NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) guidance.
If you’re unsure about your levels of vitamin D, there’s a simple blood test you can take at home. Simply follow the instructions included in the blood test kit, and the level of vitamin D in your sample will be analysed by an independent EU lab.
For specific advice about your own vitamin D intake and whether you should be supplementing, we would advise you speak to your Healthcare Practitioner.
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