This week the benefits of participating in at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on a daily basis are up for discussion. Ten of such reasons will be highlighted and explained.

1. Health – according to the World Health Organization is defined as a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of a disease or infirmity. Fortunately, being physically active has been shown to improve the quality of life in all the dimensions stated in the above definition. People who are physically active have a reduced risk of developing major chronic diseases such as coronary heart disease, strokes, obesity, type 2 diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), stress, anxiety, colorectal cancer, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and low back pain.

2. Energy – Activity peps you up, giving you plenty of enthusiasm for your leisure and work.

3. Metabolism – You burn more energy as a result of being active, so it’s great for maintaining or losing weight.

4. Mood – Activity stimulates endorphins – the ‘happy hormones’ which make you feel good. Everything seems easier and more enjoyable.

5. Concentration – Even a short activity break helps to re-focus the mind and improves the quality and quantity of work you do.

6. Stress – Staying active while you cope with life’s ups and downs relaxes the mind and body, and helps to reduce the build-up of tension.

7. Strength – Regular activity helps you maintain your strength as you get older. Keeping your bones and muscles strong – including your heart – protects you from disease, accidents and loss of independence as you age.

8. Immunity – Activity boosts the immune system, helping to prevent those irritating illnesses that get you down, and allowing you to enjoy work and play throughout the year.

9. Self-esteem – Many physical activities develop skills, build confidence and help you feel more in control of your life.

10. Social life – Activities in teams, clubs or leisure centres are great for meeting people outside work and expanding your network of friends (The Truppr way).

Importantly, physical activity has also been shown to be Good for business – The workplace can benefit from active employees who are healthy, happy and lead a more balanced lifestyle.
Physical activity contributes to the health of your business through:

A. Increasing productivity and improving absenteeism and ability to return to work after illness; How? By helping people to manage stress, back pain, weight and medical conditions – all of which may lead to absenteeism and loss of production. Active people report less illness and recover more quickly from the illnesses they do get (Shephard, 1997).
Physically active employees take 27% fewer days of sick leave, which equates to over 2 days improved attendance and a saving of £135 per employee (Physical Activity Task Force UK, 2003).

B. Reducing workplace injuries and improving the morale and health of the workforce; Employees engaged in physical activity initiatives have reported greater enjoyment of their work, increased concentration and mental alertness and improved cooperation and rapport with colleagues (Shephard 1997, 2002).

C. Helps in creating a positive corporate image: A workplace environment that fosters physical activity and good health contributes to the health and well-being of all employees thereby presenting a positive image both to the outside world and to employees.

How to achieve this?
– For example have a “walking meeting” instead of sitting down, when having short meetings of a few people. The late Steve Jobs was a proponent of this.

– Have a workplace physical activity programme: Many corporate establishments are into this right now in the developed world. (Details of this will be laid out in further blogposts)

We can do the same here, it’s doable. Let’s just raise the awareness – spread physical activity messages, tips, facts and information.
Promote truppr activities, be an ambassador – spread the word and excite people, let them know what, when, where and how they can get involved.

See you next week folks
Your physical activity advocate
@DAlawode

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