Research confirms exercise makes us happier and healthier. It helps prevent disease; is the only proven way to slow the aging process; keeps us young in mind, body and spirit; and is more effective than some medications in treating anxiety and depression. It can even add years to our lives.
Only 15% of Canadian adults however, are active enough to meet the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines which recommend at least 150 minutes of heart pumping activity each week. There are many factors contributing to our sedentary lives: desk jobs, time we spend commuting in our cars, and the perception that we have “no time,” at the top of the list.
Indeed, over sixteen million Canadians spend half their waking hours at work, the vast majority in sedentary jobs. Happily, a growing number of employers have realized that if they want a healthy and productive workforce, they need to invest in the wellness of those they hire. When they don’t, they can expect higher rates of stress, burnout and related absenteeism; difficulty recruiting and retaining talent; public perception issues; and of course, a negative impact where it often hurts most…the bottom line.
Management often puzzles over how best to create a happier, healthier workforce, and this is where my new partnership with Urban Poling can make all the difference. We also believe in a smart and simple approach to happier, healthier employees… and it’s why we’re delighted to introduce our new Walk@Work Program!