It Pays to Exercise
by Trish Ratto, University Health Services
Increased energy, enhanced concentration, improved job satisfaction and reduced stress: regular exercise pays, not only with improved health and well-being over the long term, but with more energy and ability to focus in the short term.
The Surgeon Generals recommendations for a daily dose of 30 minutes or more of moderate-intensity activity can be realistic, accessible and user-friendly, because every little bit counts. Several shorter bouts of activity throughout the day, five to 10 minutes each, can add up to these big rewards.
Supervisors can encourage staff to be more active by supporting flexible work arrangements for:
To become more active, use the stairs, walk briskly to complete errands, and relax after work by playing actively with your children, working in the garden or walking your pet.
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