Last month we celebrated Exercise is Medicine Month. Cool, exercise has a month! Simply stated, the benefits of physical activity are proven and impact the future our nation’s health.
According to the American College of Sports Medicine and the Centers for Disease Control,
40% of all major health diseases that our population suffers from are either preventable or can be greatly reduced through regular physical activity.
Whats even more staggering is how the lack of physical activity
affects our work force. There is a 50% increase in “low productivity” due to lack of consistent activity. – Population Health Management August 2012
I have dedicated a portion of my career this year into learning about way’s I can reach people in their place of employment – the people who may not visit me in the gym or come to one of my outdoor classes. Just the other day, I was attending a webinar on how to improve well being in the workplace.
In a recent corporate survey by Healthways, 57% of respondents felt like they were “struggling” in the area of physical well being – their health, energy, and ability to move. Another 12% reported that they were “suffering” in this area.
The remainder reported that they were” thriving”, barely 30%. Certainly this is a subjective feedback, but isnt it truly about how we feel, our emotions, that affect our happiness and satisfaction with our jobs and where we are in life.
What can you do? Begin to access your ability to increase your daily physical activity in the work place. For the rest of the year, I will be sharing tips and suggestion here. Here’s a few for starters!
- Schedule breaks every hour to get up and move.
- Suggest walking meetings in or outside of the building.
- Seek professional assistance.
To arrange a consultation to explore ways I can assist you in creating a culture of regular physical activity at your workplace, give me a call at 314-323-9183 or email Kim@trimwithkim.com.