It has been shown that people who exercise before or during the work day suffer less stress than those who do not; these individuals are also much more equipped to handle general tasks.
Huge shocker, I know.
On Friday, September 21, the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) will promote the 7th Annual RUN@WORK Day nationwide. Company-based wellness programs, human resources departments, running clubs, running shoe stores, teachers, coaches, parents, and individuals nationwide are encouraged to plan fun runs and walks around the country with their employers.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) estimates that 64% of US adults are either overweight (33%) or obese (31%), meaning they have an excess weight of 30 lbs or more. The rise of obesity and the resulting health conditions has a dramatic effect on health insurance costs around the US. It is estimated that obesity health related medical costs have reached an all time high of $75.8 billion per year.
The goal of RUN@WORK Day is to encourage adults to get 30-minutes of exercise each day, in accordance with the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, either before work, during lunch, or immediately following work. RUN@WORK Day also encourages companies to help employees schedule time for physical activity. Incorporating exercise into one’s daily routine can markedly improve one’s overall physical health.
So, tomorrow when you’re planning your work day, try and schedule 30 minutes around a run. It will give you an opportunity to check out for a while, stretch your legs and will leave you feeling more refreshed for whatever else may pop up during your hectic day.
Source: RRCA, CDC and International Journal of Workplace Health Management