Exercise is vital. It not only helps with weight loss, but it also forces us to breathe more effectively. More oxygen in the blood means improved memory, concentration and energy levels. It also lowers the risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, osteoporosis and certain cancers. Plus, it helps keep our weight in check, helps control stress, and gives a boost to our mood.
Best of all, it doesn’t take marathon training to see real health gains. A 30-minute brisk walk on five days of the week is all most of us need. And getting any amount of exercise is better than none.
Here are a few great ideas on how to incorporate exercise into your everyday life:
- Choose activities that you enjoy. Many different things count as exercise. Why not try dancing, walking, gardening or a game of singles tennis? Choose whatever gets you moving.
- Buy a pedometer to help you keep track on how active you are. Pedometers are cheap and easy to use. Build up to 7000 steps a day, or more.
- Pace yourself. You don’t need to get all your exercise at one time. Ten minutes morning, noon and night can give much of the same benefit as 30 minutes all at once.
- Exercise with a friend. Having a workout partner can help keep you on track and motivate you to get up and go.
- Don’t spend your lunch time sitting. Grab a quick bite and hit the gym or go for a walk with several of your co-workers.
- When you go shopping, park the car furthest from the shop entrance and briskly walk the extra distance.
- Rather than use a lift, walk up to the next floor.
- If you commute to work by bus or train, get off one stop earlier and walk an extra five or 10 minutes.
Our Employee Wellbeing Programme (EWP) is available 24 hours a day if you want to know more about exercising for wellness. Call us on the EWP number or email us at
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