We all know the importance of moving your body, even just for 30 minutes each day, the impact it has on your health and well being. Worldwide, if physical inactivity were reduced by just 10%, more than half a million deaths could be averted, while over one million deaths could be averted if physical inactivity were reduced by 25%.
(Lee IM, Shiroma EJ, Lobelo F, et al. Effect of physical inactivity on major non-communicable diseases worldwide: An analysis of burden of disease and life expectancy. Lancet. 2012;380(9838):219-229. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(12)61031-9.)
Our bodies were made to move, not just sit all day. Productivity is directly linked to movement as exercise increases blood flow to the brain-boosting energy and alertness. Access to stairways versus taking the elevator or bicycle storage rather than driving your car encourages movement. You can even take quick breaks throughout the day by going outside and walking for 10 minutes to give your brain a reset. I bet if you do this, you’ll come back to your task refreshed!
In the workplace, height-adjustable workstations are taking the lead by storm, providing employees with the option to stand throughout the day. This helps with blood circulation and encourages people to get up and stretch. Mobile workstations are also a new concept that allows workers to choose where they want to sit throughout the day. Offering a flexible environment and promoting walking around the workplace rather than being sedentary.
WELL aims to promote movement, foster physical activity/active living, and discourage sedentary behavior by creating and enhancing physical activity opportunities through the spaces where we live, learn, work, and play.
(wellcertified.com, INTERNATIONAL WELL BUILDING INSTITUTE (IWBI) 2019) Check out the other WELL components I’ve highlighted so far in previous blogs to get a holistic understanding of incorporating wellness within your design.
So, what have you done today to move your body? Take a walk with your dog, stand up right now and do 15 squats, heck, vacuum your living room! I encourage you to get up a move, even just for 30 minutes.
I promise it will have a huge impact on your well-being.