Physical Activity – Sedentary is the New Smoking
In 2012, a lack of physical activity was declared to be a deadly as smoking.
Poor diet, lack of exercise and other major risk factors for heart disease and stroke are responsible for at least 25 percent of companies healthcare costs. Is it any wonder, then, that investing in the health of employees is one of the best decisions a company can make? American Heart Association….
10 Top Causes of Death According to the CDC – Center for Disease Control:
•Chronic lower respiratory diseases:
•Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases):
•Accidents (unintentional injuries):
•Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis:
•Influenza and Pneumonia:
•Intentional self-harm (suicide):
Every one of these top 10 killers – physical inactivity, is a contributing factor – some, more directly than others. ….and yes, in many accidents as well, and most certainly a possible contributing factor in suicide, physical inactivity is just as deadly to emotional disorders as physical breakdown. Through inflammation, poor circulation, weakened immune systems, hormonal/chemical imbalances, blood fats, blood glucose levels, oxygen utilization, free radicals…
Physical Activity for Improved Productivity in the Workplace
Besides the many physical benefits of physical activity, there are the psychological benefits which are the foundation of employee productivity:
- Improved concentration
- Sharper memory
- Faster learning
- Prolonged mental stamina
- Enhanced creativity
- Lower stress
- Elevate mood and interactions with co-workers
- Less sick days
- More positive and motivated to work
Starting with our health risk assessments – we break down the myths and misconceptions surrounding physical activity.
In our health processes, we help employees integrate physical activity regularly into their day, to maximize the many benefits, personal and interpersonal, through out the work day. Far too often the physical activity component of wellness programs bombs – there is very low adherence. Effective exercise wellness programs will avoid the many pitfalls ….and create a sustainable, physiologically rewarding program, that works with employee demands.