Whether or not you achieve it, who in the age of the Fitbit isn’t aware of the 10,000 steps-a-day goal to better health? Many of us are completely obsessed. Water cooler conversation at work has shifted from dissecting scenes of a favorite TV show or the latest sports team win, to ways in which we route, trudge along and track our trail to wellness.
With one health study after the other trumpeting the benefits of walking, the desire to pound the pavement has never been greater – even for those who never come close to 10,000 steps a day. Just putting one foot in front of the other can help:
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, type 2 diabetes and even dementia
- Strengthen bones and muscles
- Improve mood and increase energy
- Enhance balance and coordination
While walking benefits each of us personally, it also benefits the workplace. Employees who walk at work, be it five minutes between meetings or 30 minutes during lunch, return refreshed, better focused and energized. Walking with others is a social activity that provides a valuable networking opportunity.
According to statistics from the British Heart Foundation, the benefits of employees walking at work are measurable and significant:
- Physically active employees take 27 percent less sick days than non-active employees.
- Individual work performance can improve 4 – 15 percent when employees engage in regular physical activity.
- Staff turnover can be reduced 8 – 13 percent for organizations that offer an on-site fitness program.
For HR professionals looking to take the first step in launching a walking program, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers a 4-week Walking Campaign toolkit click here, complete with fliers, e-blasts, a pocket guide, sample texts for mobile applications and electronic encouragement cards to get employees up and out of their seats.
Walking is just one of many health habits a comprehensive Life Advisor Wellness Program from Ulliance offers employees in the quest to balance their personal life with their work life … and improving the bottom line in the process. For more information about Ulliance, visit www.ulliance.com or call 866-648-8326.