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Large-scale study of the effect of low-impact exercise on employee well-being

September 9, 2010

A press release from colleagues in the Centre of Organizational Health & Wellbeing at Lancaster University describes the outcome of a study on a group of 260 employees of Nestlé UK who took part in the 2009 Global Corporate Challenge.  Over a period of about four months they basically walked a lot more than they had been doing.  For the challenge, each person aimed to log 10,000 steps a day.  In the end they averaged 12,850 steps, quoted in the study as equalling 8.2km. 

While it is not surprising that participants reported better concentration, better decision making, more enjoyment of life, improved self-confidence and enhanced productivity, what interests me is the involvement of a major multinational in a study of this type. 

You can read the full story here: http://www.lancs.ac.uk/shm/news/march_2010/exercise_good_for_workers/

Walking is wonderful, and is certainly the foundation of my daily movement practice (thanks in no small part to my 14-year old collie cross, Corrie).  But, given that it might take an hour or more to cover the extra steps over and above their routine daily movement, this sort of thing asks a lot of a busy person.  I’ll posit that an equal effect would be generated from a ‘100 reps’ approach (see related post), which is going to be more varied, more interesting, and more likely to produce a long-term behavioural change with enduring benefit.  What do you think?

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  1. September 9, 2010 19:27

    what i think is find EVEN MORE TIME to move. if we’re too busy to work and walk, coach and stroll or just take the time to move more, there’s something wrong with what else we’re doing.
    5 hours of activity at a minimum.

    since you asked

    and ya way to go big evil nestles.

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