Exercise guru: Government staffers need regular workouts (with related video)
Fitness instructor Miriam Jones tells why is it important for government workers to get exercise in a new video. See link at the bottom of this item.
“Find a way to include exercise in your daily routine. You don’t have to get all your exercise at one time—split it up, work out 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes in the evening. Just keep your body moving,” says Jones (photo below, on right).
Jones cites the American Heart Association and its recommendation that people get 30 minutes of cardiovascular activity each day. “Government workers,” she says, “will especially benefit from exercise, because it relieves stress.” Weight loss, improved muscle tone and increased energy are a few of the benefits of exercise, says Jones.
In Milwaukee, the city is offering cash awards for healthy living to city employees and their spouses/partners. The awards, which are based on points earned, go into the employees’ Health Reimbursement Accounts in 2015. The Healthy Rewards Program gives points for several fitness activities, including:
Walking 10,000 steps, on average, per day (proof via a Fitbit or similar device or movement tracking app for biking, swimming, running or walking), or
Completing a total of 150 minutes of fitness activity per week (same proof as above), or
Attending eight classes or general visits to an athletic club per month.
Fitness trainers Jennifer Ahearn, Tara Bush, Anthony Watts and Charles Gilman have teamed up to create the GAB Walk/Run Club for government workers. It is a comprehensive program designed to help keep civil servants in the Cayman Islands fit and healthy. The club is open to all runners and walkers, no matter the fitness level.
Miriam Jones outlines the benefits of exercise for government workers in this video.