Getting fit doesn’t have to mean hours in the gym.
When it comes to working out and exercising on a regular basis, many people claim that time is their biggest barrier; there simply is not enough of it to fit in a “proper workout.” However, what many people do not realize is that you do not need to spend huge chunks of time in the gym in order to maintain a good level of health. In fact, it takes less time than you may think.
Studies have found that exercising just 10 minutes 3 times a day, can improve your health in the long run. The type of exercise or fitness activity that you do doesn’t even have to be athletic or difficult. Simply taking a brisk walk around your neighborhood, taking the stairs instead of the elevator or taking a 10-minute walking break at work is enough to lead to significant health improvements. Plus, if you add in some simple strengthening exercises just two or three times a week, these benefits will be even greater.
However, it is important to remember that working your way to better health starts off slowly, especially for people who have not exercised much before. Therefore, it’s always good to start off small and set realistic goals for yourself. Starting with small exercises, such as taking the stairs or walking to work, will help set up lifelong habits, rather than large exercise goals that may fade once our lives get busy.
How Long Should You Exercise?
Health experts recommend 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise a week. You can exercise 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week or even short 10-minute brisk walks, 3 times a day, 5 days will help you reap the benefits.
How Can Moderate Exercise Benefit Employees?
There are a number of different studies which have tested the many benefits that come with moderate exercise. For instance, in a recent article published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, researchers from Harvard Medical School found that patients with stable heart failure who practiced moderate daily fitness activity received benefits such improved exercise capacity, better quality of life, lower risk of mortality and even the reduction of hospitalization.
Physical activity guidelines cite that just 30 minutes of daily exercise, like walking, will lower blood pressure, improve cholesterol, prevent or manage type 2 diabetes, prevent osteoporosis, maintain mental well-being, and increase overall energy and stamina.
If you are looking to learn more about the benefits that moderate exercise can not only have on your employees, but also your company’s bottom line, be sure to contact Walkingspree today. An activity based-wellness program, like walking, can make a huge difference to your company’s overall health benefit strategy, as well as work to promote positive changes in the mood and motivation of your employees.