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Friday, April 22, 2016

Helping Busy Employees Stay Healthy Through Walking

Busy employees have a hard time squeezing in an exercise routine. As people move up the organizational ranks they seem to eat more and workout less. Convenience foods increase bad calories while a busy schedule limits opportunities for fitness.  Something as simple as walking a half hour a day can make a big difference in your health levels.

When people think of getting fit they have images of a gym, getting ready, showering, commuting, and then making their way to work. By the time they complete these tasks it would take an extra 2 hours out of their day. All this time isn't necessary and walking around your neighborhood in the morning or from your office at lunch could be transformational.

According to a study in the American Heart Association's journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology walking is as beneficial as jobbing for blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol and overall health.  The study highlighted that walking was more sustainable and had a slightly higher overall benefit than running.

There are those who feel walking isn't intense enough and lean toward running. I have mixed speed walking and sprinting together for even greater benefit. You have all the benefits of walking but also raise your heart rate high for maximum cardio and fat burning benefits. Walk for a minute and sprint for 30 seconds throughout your entire walk and see what happens.

No matter what your position within the company, there is no reason why you can't get in shape. You can walk your way to health early in the morning, at lunch, or after supper to maintain peak performance. Put a pair of walking shoes under your desk and use them regularly. Make sure you maintain a healthy work-life balance so you can prosper on multiple fronts.

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