Eat properly and exercise is the common mantra for a healthy
lifestyle. With busy work schedules, it can sometimes feel impossible to fit in
a workout. But you can get enough of one with a short walk.
It doesn't really take much time to make sure you get the exercise to live a healthy life style. It doesn't take hours at the gym, or even strenuous cardio. Walking is a simple exercise that you can work into your lunch break.
A group of people took a lunch break with Lt Governor Drew Wrigley to dedicate part of their work day to walking.
"You can make sort of a habit of 30 minutes a day. You can have a profound impact on your well-being, your health, your mental health," Wrigley said.
Just that short amount of time walking can lower stress, help manage weight, control blood pressure and decrease risk of heart attack and stroke.
The walking break, sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, is a part of National Walk at Lunch Day, which is designed to fit into a busy work schedule and help kick start a good habit.
Wrigley shared his own experience when he used to work in Philadelphia at the District Attorney's office. "That small commitment in the morning, I had to get to work anyway and getting home, I realized how good it feels just to have that mind clearing moment in the morning, getting to work that way and then getting home the same way at night."
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, getting 30 minutes of moderate physical activity, like a brisk walk, also reduces risk of cardiovascular disease, hypertension and Type 2 Diabetes.
In addition to health, it is also a money matter. The annual cost to treat illness and chronic disease caused by inactive lifestyles is about one thousand dollars.