Why does Movement Matter?

Written by: Morgan Shawler, CFW Health Fitness Program Manager

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The word movement can be used in many different ways; whether you are making a change or doing something physical, it's a movement! Today's focus is on how physical movement matters.

While there are many physically demanding jobs, the modern American with an office job sits for an average of 13 to 15 hours per day. Sitting for an excessive amount of time has been linked to obesity, increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat, and an increase risk of death from cardiovascular disease. Sounds scary right? Not only will movement decrease your risk for these health risks, it will help you burn more calories, maintain muscle tone, increase productivity, improve mental well-being and your ability to move.

Here are a few examples to add movement to your life:

  • Set a reminder to stand and move at least once per hour
  • Take a walk over lunch
  • Use a standing or treadmill desk
  • Skip the elevator and take the stairs
  • Do yardwork at home
  • Join a dance class
  • Find a workout partner
  • Use your employee wellness center

Want more? Click on the links below for more health and fit tips from CFW professionals.