In honor of Employee Health and Fitness Month in May, Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of Michigan is encouraging employees and other residents to get moving and improve their health. The insurer challenged Michiganders to do some sort of wellness activity every day at 3 p.m.
BCBS diabetes educator Grace Derocha says the goal is to build healthier habits that will last a lifetime. “Make small, slow, and steady changes you know will work for you, such as standing at your desk for part of your workday, incorporating a mini workout while at your desk or walking during lunch,” she suggests.
On average Americans sit more than 9 hours a day. And, says BCBS, people whose jobs require that they sit for long periods are twice as likely to develop cardiovascular disease then those who sit less.
Derocha adds that moving throughout the day gets the blood flowing, which can help reduce aches and pains, headaches, and stress. It also increases productivity and makes the workday more enjoyable. One recent study found that workers who used their company gym reported being more productive and worked better with their colleagues.