As a fitness and wellness trainer I’m often asked “does taking the stairs really make that much of a difference?” Or “does parking further away in a parking lot count [toward improving health]?” The results are in and, yes, adding more movement into your day really does lead to a myriad of health benefits! Keep in mind, longer bouts of exercise are still important, but research shows that even if you workout on a regular basis, it’s necessary to move consistently throughout the day. In addition to the physical benefits many of us may be familiar with, there is a growing body of research to support the benefits of movement to mental well-being.* And, the CDC agrees that everyone can experience the benefits of physical activity regardless of age, ability, shape, ethnicity or size.
For more information on mental well-being and movement:
- Read this Harvard Health article How Simply Moving Benefits Your Mental Health
- Listen to this podcast, Discover the Joy of Movement and How to Make it Easy with Dr. Rangan Chaterjee, M.D. (author of “Feel Better in Five” and “Feel Better Live More”) as he interviews Dr. Kelly McGonigal, psychologist, about why movement is essential for our brains, bodies and relationships.
What’s the best way to experience the physical and mental benefits of movement? Try it yourself with this 5-minute break shown below. Or check out one of our 5-minute videos in our on-demand library that includes cardio, strength, breathing, yoga, and more.
SAS employees and family members, join us for FitSnacks, a 15-minute movement break on Mondays and Wednesdays in October. Led by one of our fitness trainers, there’s no need to change clothes or get sweaty. Just come and move with us!