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Employee Health & Fitness

It’s never too late to get fit. Try these strategies to set yourself up for success (sources: UnitedHealthcare, mayoclinic.com):

  • Get active and pick an activity you like. You’re more likely to stick with it if you enjoy it. Run, walk or ride a bike. Participate in one of Chicago’s many run/ walk events.
  • Identify your roadblocks. Think about the things that get in the way of exercise, and make a plan for how you will overcome them.
  • Too cold or wet outside? Check out basic exercises you can do at your desk, or walk indoors. Check out this video on why walking is good exercise.
  • Tight on time? If you’re tight on time in the mornings, commit to exercising over the lunch hour or after work. Watch this video on how to squeeze in a full body workout. Take advantage of our free fitness centers on the Chicago and Schaumburg campuses! For more info visit the fitness page on our website.
  • Enlist a workout buddy. Having a buddy to exercise with often helps people stay motivated and accountable to their fitness goals. Watch this video for tips on how to stay motivated while exercising.
  • Take baby steps. Start small. At first just aim for 10 minutes a session. Over time increase activity to 30 or more minutes most days of the week.
  • Cut yourself some slack. There may be days you just don’t feel up to exercising. If you miss a day or can only do 10 minutes, that’s fine. Just get back on track the next day.
  • Remember the benefits. Each time you exercise, you’re doing something positive for your physical and mental health. Research suggests that exercise increases the level of serotonin in the brain, a chemical that affects mood, sleep, appetite, and sex drive. Low levels of it have been linked to depression. Exercise also stimulates the production of endorphins—“feel-good” chemicals in the brain—and helps reduce the level of cortisol, a stress hormone.
  • Reward yourself. After each exercise session, take a few minutes to savor the good feelings that exercise gives you. This type of internal reward can help you make a long-term commitment to regular exercise. External rewards can help, too. When you reach a significant milestone, treat yourself to a new pair of walking shoes or new tunes to enjoy while you exercise.

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