This is a concept that has started in America as a way of beating the obesity crisis and involves designing workplaces so that people within them are encouraged to move around more.
Executive director of the New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects Rick Bell told USA Today there is "a direct relation between the built environment and people's lifestyles", with offices one of the most sedentary environments in the world.
Architect Joan Blumenfeld agreed and said more and more interior designers are becoming aware of the need to promote healthy workplaces.
"It makes [workers] feel valued," she pointed out.
Scientists at Queen's University recently found that people who regularly get up and walk around their office are likely to have better fitness levels and cardiovascular health than those who sit still.
Ideas for active design include installing coffee machines in a central pantry, moving printers from individual desks and creating office areas outside so that employees can walk to them and use their mobile devices.
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Source: The Sales Executive News