Source: BBC Radio Scotland
As part of the Fit For Life campaign, Elaine Wyllie advocates that everyone should be fitting The Daily Mile into their daily routines; whether it is a jog to work, a run at lunchtime, or a walk whilst socialising with colleagues and friends. Furthermore, employers would benefit as by implementing The Daily Mile in workplaces, productivity would increase. As Elaine said, “a healthy employee and a happy employee is a good employee.”
Birchwood Highland, a mental health charity, advised that social isolation is bad for our health. One of the many numerous benefits of The Daily Mile is that it increases opportunity for social interactions, as it is 100% inclusive.
In the interview (below), Birchwood Highland describes sitting as ‘the new smoking’, and encourages people to move around as much as possible.
A research study conducted by Paul Kelly at the University of Edinburgh found that the average 25 year old office worker in Scotland sits just as much as the average 75 year old pensioner.
Trish Gorely from the University of Highlands and Islands who researched the benefits of The Daily Mile for children, said if adults did The Daily Mile every day for a week, they would have already achieved two thirds of the Government’s recommended amount of exercise. The WHO found that if people walked a mile more each day (between 15-20 minutes of walking), it could prevent 15,000 deaths per year.
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