Ditch the lift for 369 steps, KPMG staff are urged

By Rob Virtue on June 25, 2014 10:26 AM |

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Those working in the towers of Canary Wharf - home of endless lifts and escalators - often dread the prospect of the stairs, but staff at KPMG are looking to embrace it.

The firm based at Canada Square is the first in the area to sign up for StepJockey, an initiative promoting healthy living.

The group says ditching the lift and using the 369 steps to the top - plus back down - will use up 69 calories.

It has also carried out a makeover of its stairwells to encourage more use.

Richard Reid, London Chairman at KPMG, said: "For many city workers, finding the time to factor exercise into their working day is incredibly difficult, with most of us heading straight to the lifts and then to our desks for several hours.

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"Inactivity is an increasing issue for the UK economy and the NHS so it is important that we all do as much exercise as we can to reduce the risk of preventable illness and lead longer, healthier lives.

"Stair climbing is officially classed as a 'vigorous exercise' and burns more calories per minute than jogging and is a very simple way to build exercise into your working day. I hope that as many of our staff as possible get involved."

StepJockey works through an app and is used in other London buildings such as Lloyds and City Hall.

KPMG is the first company in Canary Wharf to sign up for the initiative. It has 3,250 people working in its Canada Square office each day.

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