//These boots are made for walking

These boots are made for walking

Ok, this musical reference is a few decades older than what I usually go for. But so is the takeaway message: being physically active is good for you. In my previous post I outlined how to design an impactful workplace health and well-being program. Over the next few, I’ll explain what goals a program should drive towards and detail the health benefits of being active, eating well, getting enough sleep and managing stress. Let’s go (see what I just did there)!

To stay healthy, you should be active for 300 minutes each week, which is about 40 minutes every day. Physical activity falls into two categories: activity and exercise. Activity means moving in your daily life, e.g. walking your dog, playing with your kids, climbing the stairs. Exercise is more vigorous. Your heart rate goes up, you have to breath more and you may break a sweat. A good rule of thumb is if you need special gear or change your clothes, then it’s exercise. When you rack up your active minutes, exercise minutes count double because they’re more intense. In addition you should strengthen your major muscle groups twice a week. Just 10 minutes is enough.

Cracking the 300 has serious and scientifically proven health benefits. It’s not me saying this, it’s the World Health Organization. In order of increasing importance the benefits are: being active helps you maintain a healthy weight. It lowers your risk of getting coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, colon and breast cancer, and depression. And you’ll enjoy “lower rates of all-cause mortality” – which in plain English means you’ll live longer. You’re welcome.

Stay healthy and engaged,

P.S: Ariana will playfully motivate you and make physical activity an easy habit – get in touch to learn how she does it.

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