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What does physical activity do for my health and why is it important for employees?

Encouraging your employees and colleagues to be physically active is the best way to maintain health, well-being and quality of life. The benefits of physical activity are not just for personal gain but can be applied to the workplace too.

Encouraging your employees and colleagues to be physically active is the best way to maintain health, well-being and quality of life. The benefits of physical activity are not just for personal gain but can be applied to the workplace too.

Our friends at Exercise Right have a wealth of information that demonstrates how physical activity can help to:

Prevent & manage chronic conditions

Exercise is medicine, especially when it comes to chronic disease. Conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, back pain and obesity all benefit from regular physical activity.

Improve sleep

Sleep is one of the key pillars of good health. Good sleep patterns improve your energy levels, mental health and general well-being as well as helping to protect you from illness. Physical activity helps you to sleep deeper, for longer, reduces stress and anxiety and can help with chronic insomnia.

Maintain mental health

Physical activity has been shown to be an essential part in the prevention and treatment of acute and chronic mental illness.  Even one workout a week are known to have great benefits. From stress relief to improving cognitive function, physical activity has a place in workplace mental health programs.

Maintain brain function & memory

We all want to be more productive at work and physical activity can help you do it. It can be as simple as a quick walk to ignite creativity or specific exercises to improve learning and memory.

Assist with preventing and managing work related injury

Providing specific physical activity programs to prevent injury such as stretching and strengthening can be a key part of workplace injury prevention and rehabilitation.

Improve the health of women

The list of reasons women should be more physically active is long and includes preventing cardiovascular disease, improving reproductive health, reducing the risk of dementia, reducing the risk of breast cancer and improving bone strength. Download the free Exercise & Women’s Health eBook from Exercise Right.

Improve the health of men

Like women there are some specific reasons physical activity is beneficial for men’s health. Maintaining good mental health,  preventing cardiovascular disease and preventing some cancers are all great reasons to add a little more physical activity in your day.

Improve the recovery from cancer

Physical activity can be an effective tool during treatment for and recovery from cancer. An exercise program can help reduce treatment side effects such as fatigue, neuropathy, weakness, lymphedema and depression.

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