Headline
Step out of the office and into a new year with staff health walks
Date
Tue, 14 Jan 2020
Description

Staff are being encouraged to don their trainers and step out into the new year by joining a weekly walking group, to boost health and wellbeing and socialise with colleagues.

There are a number of benefits for staff taking a break away from their desks, which can include physical ones such as it being a beneficial cardio exercise (lowering ‘bad’ cholesterol (LDL) while increasing ‘good’ cholesterol (HDL)); boosting circulation and increasing oxygen supply to all cells; boosting the immune system for 24 hours; and, by being physically active, contributing to employees taking fewer sick days than non-active employees.

Walking also promotes better mental health, by improving self-esteem, mood and sleep quality, in the process reducing stress, anxiety and fatigue.    

The two walking groups, at Beverley and Goole, are a great way to get fit, be social and have fun, and are for all abilities.

Details of the two groups are:

  • Beverley – Mondays, 12noon-12.30pm, meet at the out-of-hours entrance to County Hall
  • Goole – Tuesdays, 12.30-1pm, meet at the main reception of the council offices

Laura Hutchinson, healthy lifestyles development officer, said: “Taking time out of your work day for a walk is a great way to improve your health, and we encourage that you walk at your own pace to make your heart beat a little faster and breathing a little quicker.”

For more details, contact Laura at laura.hutchinson@eastriding.gov.uk

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