Get Up and Move!
American Heart Association promoted the “National Walking Day” on April 6, to prevent chronic illnesses linked to physical inactivity. Aker Care would like to endorse this campaign and encourage all our employees to increase their walking distance/step count for each day throughout the year by adding short (10+ min) or longer (30+ min) walks on any possible time during the day.
These days, we’re spending more time at work and sitting in front of a screen than ever before. We’re becoming less active, which can increase our risk of heart disease, stroke and other diseases.
Walking is low-risk and easy to start. It can help keep you fit and reduce your risk of serious diseases.
A regular walking program can also:
- Improve your cholestrol profile
- Lower blood pressure
- Increase your energy and stamina
- Prevent weight gain
American Heart Association recommends that adults get 150 minutes or more of moderate-intensity physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity each week. Even short 10 minute activity sessions can be added up over the week to reach this goal. If you would benefit from lowering your blood pressure or cholesterol, aim for 40 minute sessions of moderate to vigorous activity 3 to 4 times a week. You could do this by walking 2 miles briskly (about 4 miles/hr). If that’s too fast, choose a more comfortable pace.
Why not ask a colleague to join for a walk during lunchtime?
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