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FIT TIPS: Get active and stay healthy

With the aim of helping faculty and staff ‘Get your 150’ (minutes of recommended exercise a week) to improve health and wellness, the Gazette and Athletics and Recreation will be offering a Fit Tip in each edition.

It’s no secret that inactivity is bad for your health, but it may be worse than previously thought.

Researchers at Cambridge University concluded that exercise that burns around 100 calories a day, such as a brisk, 20-minute daily walk, can reduce the risk of premature illness by 16% - 30%!

Remember:

• Small amounts of physical activity each day can have substantial health benefits for people who are physically inactive

• 20 minutes would make a difference, but you should be looking to do more – 150mins/week

• Physical activity has many health benefits and should be an important part of our daily life

• Start by standing up every 30 minutes from your desk!

• Go for a 20-minute walk on your lunch hour

• Take the stairs

Be creative, be active, be healthy….something to think about for you!

Show us how you Get Your 150, post your pictures on social media with #getyour150.