Walking and moving more outdoors can be a winning strategy for you and your family to support your mental, emotional, and physical health needs, while following social distancing guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Walking is a free, convenient, and fun activity for all age and ability levels. Taking a walk before, during, or after work or school can help you explore nature, stretch your legs, and refocus your energies.

 

 

 

Benefits of walking during COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Walking boosts the immune system: Research shows that regular, moderate-intensity exercise, along with fresh air and sunshine, may help your body fight off infections, including COVID-19.
  • Walking may prevent weight gain: Obesity has been identified as a risk factor for COVID-19. Taking a brisk walk can help you burn extra calories and promote weight loss.
  • Walking reduces stress and anxiety: Walking releases feel-good chemicals that help to boost mood and reduce depression and anxiety.
  • Walking improves sleep quality: Studies show exercise helps you fall asleep faster, improves sleep quality, boosts immunity, and helps with weight management.
  • Walking strengthens our bones, lungs, and heart: Walking regularly can also help manage conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure, which studies have identified as risk factors for higher death rates in persons infected with COVID-19 virus.

 

 

The American Heart Association recommends all adults should aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity, or at least 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity, per week.

Fun fact:  Did you know that 30 minutes of grocery shopping every other week for a year is like walking a marathon?  Can you guess how far dancing for an hour every week for a year will get you?  See the answer here, along with some other fun facts regarding everyday activities.

 

If you have a chronic medical condition, you should check with your doctor before starting a new home exercise program. Your doctor may be able to recommend exercises that are safe for you and explain what types of exercises you should avoid.

Employee Health Coaching
Sensia offers a variety of wellness services including health risk assessments, educational presentations, and incentive programs to assist employees in learning more about how to manage their health and wellbeing. Please contact Patti Schaetz, President – Business Development at pschaetz@mysensia.com or call us at 920-470-5133 to discuss how we can help you this year.  You can also visit our website at www.mysensia.com for additional information and a list of our other services.