There is a great article in today’s WSJ on the benefits of physical activity.
This supports the reasoning behind making increasing physical activity a core element in worksite wellness programs.

Here are some great stats (from this article):

  • Recent studies show that THE most important factor for longevity is staying physically active as you age.
  • “If you are fit in mid-life, you double your chances of surviving to 85.” Or – if you’re in your 50s and NOT active, your projected lifespan “is eight years shorter than if you are fit.” — Dr. Jarrett Berry, cardiologist at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Ctr.
  • Physical inactivity is even more deadly than smoking! The benefits of increasing physical activity were found to be even greater than the benefits of quitting smoking. (In an earlier study conducted by University of Hong Kong – not cited in this article – they found that physical inactivity caused more deaths than smoking.)
  • “It’s one more piece of data that says we all need to be moving in America. It’s pretty clear that Americans want to take a pill, but we’re all going to be bankrupt unless people start taking on these lifestyle changes.” — Emelia Benjamin, professor of medicine and epidemiology at Boston University School of Medicine
  • National guidelines recommend at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise five times/week or 20 minutes of intense exercise three times/week. About half of Americans are meeting these minimum recommendations.
  • It’s never too late to start. In fact, “The biggest bang for your buck is just getting off the couch.” — Dr. Berry

What are you doing today to be more physically active?

Mari Ryan