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A recent study looked at the decline of physical activity in the workplace over the past 50 years. In the 1960s about 50 percent of the jobs required moderate physical activity. Today, 80 percent of our jobs are sedentary and require little or no physical activity. This decline in activity results in about 130 additional calories every day according to the study.
Another study reported that people who sit behind a desk for 10 years are two times more likely to develop bowel cancer.
A sedentary lifestyle expends low energy – leading to weight gain and other health issues.
But there is hope. Even short breaks can make a difference according to a Diabetes Care study. Researchers found that subjects who moved throughout the day showed improvements in triglycerides, blood pressure and waist circumference.
By creating walking opportunities at work and at home, you can attack the risks of a sedentary lifestyle. At work, go talk to coworkers rather than sending an email. Walk at lunch. Use a copier down the hall or on another floor. Take walking breaks instead of coffee breaks.
At home, walk to the corner store, instead of taking the car. Jog in place during commercials, or better yet, take a walk outside or hop on a bicycle.
There are tons of opportunities to move throughout the day and just 2,000 to 3,000 more steps a day will help burn off 100 calories.Leave a Comment »
How will you stop diabetes? The future is in your hands. November is American Diabetes Month.
Last November, the American Diabetes Association launched the Stop Diabetes movement, with the audacious goal of having 1 million people join in the first year. So far, more than 814,000 people around the country have raised their hand and pledged to join the fight.
A study by the Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, published in the Oct. 1, 2003 American Journal of Epidemiology discovered that walking for 30 minutes a day cut diabetes risks for overweight as well as non-overweight men and women.
For Diabetes Awareness Month, you can download WalkingSpree’s Diabetes Awareness calendar with walking tips for posting in your workplace or on your fridge as a reminder of the importance of every step you take.
WalkingSpree delivers an effective, measurable, economical, and fun walking employee wellness program for corporate clients, health insurers, health clubs and the general public. Members step with a 99% accurate USB Omron pedometer in a web 2.0 walking community. To see how WalkingSpree’s corporate wellness program can reduce health care costs, engage employees and provide quantifiable health results for your company, please contact us today.Leave a Comment »
Combine the following ingredients for a winning recipe for an award winning corporate wellness program!
1. Your great company with employees who want to be healthier.
2. Know your numbers to obtain accurate biometric data (recommended)
3. Use a highly accurate USB pedometer to obtain trackable activity data.
4. Sprinkle liberally a fun, engaging, high participation walking program.
Mix together, and watch for explosive results! This perfect low calorie, metabolism increasing, smorgasbord is perfect for your Corporate Wellness Program.
WalkingSpree.com delivers an effective, economical, and fun walking employee wellness program for corporate clients, health insurers, health clubs and the general public. Members step with a 99% accurate USB Omron pedometer in a web 2.0 walking community. To see how WalkingSpree’s corporate wellness program can reduce health care costs, engage employees and provide accountable health results for your company, please contact us today.Leave a Comment »