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Introducing PiPs Lunchtime Walking Club!

Thursday 19th September 2019


Throughout 2019 Performance in People (PiP) has been focusing on the importance of our mental health and has introduced a variety of activities for staff around this, including: yoga, PiP book club, weekly relaxation classes, monthly puzzles and daily deskercises.

PiP’s lunchtime walking club is another step we have taken towards promoting a healthier workforce; being active is great for your physical health and fitness, and evidence shows it can also improve your mental wellbeing.

HOW DOES EXERCISE HELP YOUR MENTAL WELLBEING?

Walking makes you feel good.

Exercising regularly has a huge positive impact on your mental health. It releases chemicals like endorphins and serotonin that improves your mood. In addition, walking helps to relieve stress, improves your memory, sleep quality and reduces anxiety.

Walking is a great way to control weight and reduce body fat.

Adding 30 minutes of brisk walking to your daily routine could help to build up your stamina and burn an additional 150 calories per day. Of course, the more you walk and the quicker your pace, the more calories you will burn. This will also help reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

Walking strengthens your bones and joints.

Walking can help strengthen your bones and protect your joints, including your knees and hips. Walking helps lubricate and strengthen the muscles that support the joints. Walking also helps to prevent conditions such as arthritis and has been known to provide benefits for people living with this condition, such as reducing pain.

Walking counts towards your recommended 150 minutes of weekly exercise.

To stay healthy or improve health, adults need to do 2 types of physical activity each week: aerobic and strength exercises. How much physical activity you need to do each week depends on your age. Click here to understand more.

Walking will help you to live longer!

A study found that people aged 60 and over who did just 15 minutes of exercise a day reduced their risk of dying early by 22%, compared with those of a similar age who did no exercise at all. Click here for source information.

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