So here’s our Wello challenge to you — can you limit the time you are sedentary to just 23½ hours per day?
Let’s face it. Most of us are leading busy lives, and when we think about adding in “one more thing” to an already hectic schedule, it can feel both overwhelming and unachievable. So when we talk about investing in our health and well-being, it can easily drop to the bottom of the to-do list.
But what if we told you there was one thing, that if you invested 30 minutes a day on, could improve your health, your quality of life and help you live up to seven years longer? Would you make time for it?
What is this “magic” you may ask? It’s physical activity. Study after study confirms the cascade of benefits exercise has on your health.
Toronto physician Dr. Mike Evans outlines the numerous health benefits of being active for 30 minutes per day, or 150 minutes per week, in a captivating, concise video entitled “23 and ½ hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health?” Exercise, Evans states, acts as a natural mood lifter, increases energy levels and improves self-confidence. The American Heart Association also promotes your “daily 30” with recent studies showing people who are physically active and at a healthy weight live about seven years longer than those who are not active or at a healthy weight.
Staying active throughout your life helps delay and prevent chronic illness and ensures those extra years are healthier, keeping people independent longer with an increased quality of life. Armed with this information, what can you do in greater Green Bay to stay active?
Celebrate Bike Month
With the start of May also comes the beginning of National Bike Month. Get your tune-up in time for Bike to Work week, celebrated from May 13-19 with Bike to Work day on May 17. Join riders from across the country who have begun bike commuting — in fact, there has been a 62% increase in bike commuting nationwide since 2000.
Connect with your neighborhood
It doesn’t have to cost a lot to be active. Take advantage of the vast number of parks that greater Green Bay has to offer — for free. These green spaces are an asset to our community, allowing you to get your “daily dose of 30,” while enjoying nature (and the mental health benefits that come with it). The Fox River Trail is another local gem allowing you to walk for free or purchase a state trail pass for a small fee if you are bicycling, in-line skating, skateboarding or horseback riding.
Lend your voice
Being active can be hard if our streets and neighborhoods don’t make it safe or easy. The city of Green Bay and the Green Bay Area Public School District have been working together for over the past year to create a bicycle and pedestrian and safe routes to school plan to address the needs of our community. You can get a look at the draft plan and offer your feedback at the next public meeting from 5-8 p.m. May 14 at the Brown County Central Library.
The evidence is clear — being active matters to your health and your longevity. The question is, how will you spend your daily 30?
Natalie Bomstad is the executive director for Wello. Share your thoughts, questions, and topic suggestions by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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