All month long, the National Association for Health and Fitness will be promoting the benefits of a healthy lifestyle to employers and employees through worksite health promotion activities and environments as part of their Global Employee Health and Fitness Month campaign.
According to a study presented at the 2011 American Institute for Cancer Research annual conference, more than 90,000 new cancer cases a year in the United States may be due to physical inactivity and prolonged periods of sitting. 1 Since many employed adults spend their time sitting behind a desk in an office building, it is important to remember to move around and stay active to help lower the risk of certain cancers and diseases.
For some, it can be difficult starting or sticking to an exercise routine due to busy schedules and hectic lifestyles, but every little bit of physical activity can help. Certified personal trainer and freelance writer Paige Waehner shares some tips in her article, “Exercise at Work,” on how to stay active during the work week. Waehner recommends that employees:
- Sit on an exercise ball instead of a chair to strengthen your abs, back and help posture
- Set an alarm to go off every hour to remind you to stand up and move
- Take the stairs whenever you can
- Deliver documents to co-workers in person rather than by email
- Get a headset for your phone so you can move around while you talk
Epidemiologist Christine Friedenreich of Alberta Health Services in Calgary, Canada reviewed more than 200 cancer studies worldwide and found evidence that regular physical activity can reduce the risks of breast cancer, colon cancer and endometrial cancer by 25% – 30%. The results also suggested that regular exercise reduces the risk of lung, prostate, and ovarian cancer, too.2
How are you staying active during the work week?
1, 2 Hellmich, Nanci. “Prolonged sitting linked to breast cancer, colon cancer”. USA Today. November 3, 2011. http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/medical/health/medical/cancer/story/2011-11-03/Prolonged-sitting-linked-to-breast-cancer-colon-cancer/51051928/1
Sometimes the only thing that’s harder than sticking to your health and fitness goals is coming up with the goals themselves. If you haven’t had time to sit down and write out your list, this weekend might be the perfect time to start coming up with a plan.
Today, the World Health Organization celebrates its annual World Health Day. Although the theme of this year’s World Health Day is focused on aging and health, the World Health Organization says it’s important to maintain physical activity and practice healthy habits early in life.
According to a United States health statistic report released by the Center for Disease Control, only 36% of young adults aged 18-29 get regular physical activity in their spare time as of 2005-2006, and only 26% partake in strength training at least two times each week. The report also states that while obesity rates are rising more slowly than previous decades, more than one-third of adults aged 20 and older are obese.
Want to set some personal health and fitness goals, but aren’t sure where to start? Amy Jones, a Success Skills contributor at Selfgrowth.com, shares the most common goals for maintaining a healthier lifestyle:
1) Shed pounds
2) Push yourself
3) Build muscles
4) Tone the body
5) Drink more water
And if any of your goals include physical activity, SKECHERS has the latest styles to help meet all your fitness needs. From SKECHERS Resistance Runner ProSpeed sneakers for runners to Shape-ups Liv by SKECHERS for walkers, SKECHERS has something for everyone at any activity level.
It’s never too late to choose a healthier lifestyle. How do you plan on aging well for the World Health Organization’s World Health Day?
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When the ball dropped at midnight, were you one of the many people who officially began their New Year’s resolutions?
According to research studies, 38% of those who make resolutions have weight loss goals in mind.* And whether you want to achieve your goals through running, walking or even yoga, SKECHERS has a fitness shoe to meet your needs.
SKECHERS® GOrun for men and women
This ultra-lightweight, flexible shoe is perfect for all the runners out there looking to conquer their resolutions. SKECHERS® GOrun works to elevate the natural running experience, allowing runners to interact with and respond to practically any surface. SKECHERS® GOrun features an efficient mid-foot strike design and GOimpulse sensors for enhanced sensory feedback.
Other recommendations: SKECHERS Resistance Runner™ ProSpeed, SKECHERS Resistance Runner ProRESISTANCE™, and Tone-ups® Run
SKECHERS® GOwalk for men and women
SKECHERS® GOwalk elevates the natural walking experience, making it the perfect shoe for those going on daily walks or walking around town. Like the SKECHERS® GOrun, the SKECHERS® GOwalk is radically lightweight and flexible while promoting a natural stride for a more efficient and responsive walk.
Other recommendations: Shape-ups Liv by SKECHERS™, SKECHERS Shape-ups Evolution, and SKECHERS Surge
For Yoga/Pilates Enthusiasts
Tone-ups® Fitness for men and women
Looking to improve your mind and body in 2012 through yoga and Pilates? Leverage the freedom of dynamic motion to flex your body everywhere with the SKECHERS Tone-ups® Fitness shoe. The SKECHERS Tone-ups® Fitness’ lightweight and flexible design is ideal for yoga and Pilates enthusiasts everywhere.
Other recommendations: SKECHERS® GOwalk, Shape-ups Liv by SKECHERS™