Matlock Celebrates National Physical Fitness Month

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Matlock cares about the health of our employees and community. In honor of National Physical Fitness Month, we wanted to give insight on obesity and how it affects minority Americans. We have also listed simple steps you can take to stay physically fit at work. Matlock encourages you to live healthier not only this month, but all year.

Obesity is a growing epidemic in minority communities. According to The Office of Minority Health, minority Americans are on average, 1.3 times more likely to be overweight than Non-Hispanic Whites. Obesity has been associated with heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, breathing problems, sleep apnea and even infertility. We all live busy lives, but it’s important to stay physically active. Physical activities can prevent many of the aforementioned effects as well as reduce anxiety, control cholesterol levels and slow bone loss associated with advancing age. Physical fitness isn’t limited to home or the gym. Here are a few things you can do at work to stay physically fit.

1. Take a 10 minute walk around the office. Three 10 minute walks a day are the same as one 30 minute walk.

2. Do leg extensions: While seated, raise your legs and extend them straight in front of you so that they are parallel to the floor. Hold for 5 seconds. Release and repeat 5 times.

3. When at your desk, stand up and sit down without using your hands. This engages more of your muscles.

4. Instead of emailing a colleague, walk over to them.

5. Refrain from eating at your desk when possible. If an eatery is in walking distance, carry-out for lunch instead of delivery.

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