Friday, May 20. 2011
Although Wednesday was National Employee Health and Fitness Day, the National Association for Health and Fitness (NAHF) is encouraging employers to celebrate health in the workplace for the entire month of May. The NAHF is highlighting workplace fitness in an attempt to make people aware of the benefits of a healthy way of life.
In observance of the day, fitness expert Dr. Sean Wells of BistroMD offered tips on how to ramp up physical activities in the workplace.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, adding just two-and-a-half hours of moderate exercise and some strength training each week can improve health. Dr. Wells recommended simple solutions, like replacing desk chairs with fitness balls, or walking during lunch breaks.
Furthermore, Dr. Wells points out that getting exercise can help stave off ailments, which could help individuals and employers save on health insurance costs.
"Through my years of experience working with clients, I always try to emphasize the importance of physical activity at the office," he said. "For many people, regular bouts of activity at work can actually increase overall work performance, including productivity, which can help add years to your life, and can even lower your risk of certain health conditions, like heart disease."
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