Posted by Elizabeth Casey
In the contemporary work place, many workers spend more than half of their entire work day seated, so it’s no surprise that less than half of all adults get the recommended amount of physical activity. If you find yourself feeling drowsy, with a tinge of back pain and no idea whether it is sunny or raining outside by 3 p.m. every day, there are a few simple steps you can take to change that. Literally, just a few steps - try walking at work!
On April 30, 2014, Blue Cross Blue Shield companies across the country, along with businesses large and small, state legislatures and schools will encourage people to lace up their walking shoes and take a walk during lunch in support of National Walk@Lunch Day.
Medical spending on an obese person is estimated to be $1,429 higher than it is for a person of normal weight, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Simply getting 30 minutes of moderate physical activity, such as a brisk walk, at least five times a week has significant health benefits, lowering the risk of developing or dying from cardiovascular disease, hypertension or type 2 diabetes, and improving the health of muscles, bones and joints.
That’s not all. Walking during your lunch break can also improve your mood, help with symptoms of depression and anxiety, and alleviate some of the stress you feel during a typical work day. Plus, it’s a great way to get to know your co-workers, or liven up a one-on-one meeting.
Walking is a low impact exercise that most everyone can participate in, so it’s no wonder that it ranks as the most popular form of aerobic physical activity in the U.S., according to the CDC. Since most Americans’ schedules revolve around their work day, which often precludes spare time to exercise, National Walk@Lunch Day is designed to fit into – not compete with – your daily routine.
So pack your comfortable shoes, grab your co-workers and join us on Wednesday, April 30, to begin walking toward a healthier America—and a healthier you!
Visit www.bcbs.com/walkatlunch to learn more.