Why regular movement?

The Get Up and Move program complements the UNSW Uprise program to promote a holistic approach to both mind and body. 

Long periods of sitting and standing at our desks, in our labs, and in other work areas is of increasing concern. This type of sedentary behaviour can lead to a variety of musculoskeletal and psychosocial health risks. Our program aims to encourage staff to incorporate regular movement and mindfulness into their day, reducing the risk of muscular disorders, cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes and improving our ability to think clearly.

Rest Breaks are important and there are several types that can add movement and variety into your workday. 

These include:

  • Structured breaks – morning tea and lunch breaks.

  • Unstructured breaks – talking with a colleague or getting up to get a glass of water.

  • Work pauses – take regular short breaks if you are performing a repetitive task. 

Pause Reminder Breaks - To help you remember to take regular short breaks you can download one of the following applications:

Voice Recognition Software – To get a break from using your keyboard you can try out some voice recognition software:

Task Variation ensures that a variety of working postures are assumed when performing different activities throughout the day.

Stretches and Exercises follow the program for some guided stretches. Stretching and exercising increases blood flow across the body which can reduce the build-up of toxins that can lead to injuries. Download the infographic below or follow the program for some guided stretches.

STOP! If you feel any discomfort.

Note: If you have a medical condition or an existing injury, you should discuss the suggested sample exercises below with your treating practitioner and always follow any specific advice provided by your treating practitioner.

Back and lumbar:

Neck and shoulders:

Downloadable infographic

For some stretch and movement ideas to incorporate through your workday, download the infographic below. Stretching can be done both standing and seated, allowing flexibility for individuals with different preferences or physical abilities.

The significance of mindset and mindfulness

We spend approximately 1/3rd (8 hours) of our day in the workplace and therefore it's imperative to consider the mental health and wellbeing of all staff in the UNSW environment. Exploring the realm of mental health and stress necessitates a deeper understanding of our consciousness, mindfulness, and responses to workplace stress. The Uprise program offers short modules on mental fitness skills, stress management, personal values, and more, which can be completed in conjunction with ‘Get Up and Move’ to promote a healthy body and healthy mind. For a range of other wellbeing initiatives that take place across the year, you can visit the wellbeing website.