Viva Health Blog

A Message from Dr. Tara M. Bryant,
Chief Medical Officer for Viva Health

The idea of wellness means a lot of different things to each of us. Of course, being free of disease aids in our feeling of wellness – no high blood pressure, no diabetes, or no migraine headaches. But, a feeling of wellness is more than just being disease-free. Wellness can also be a sense of peace and of happiness.

Physical activity such as walking can help improve health and wellness, even without weight loss. People who are physically active live longer and have a lower risk for heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression, and some cancers.

With so many of us sitting for most of the day at work, I want us to pursue wellness by incorporating more activity in our day, every day.

Your goal is to stand up and move, but start out by thinking small. Ask yourself, “How can I make a tiny change each day that I know I can stick to?”

Can you walk around the block at your home or office twice a day?

Can you go for lunch at the place that’s a block or two further away?

If you can commit to just one small change for 60 days, you will start to see a lot of differences. Standing and walking do more than just relieve aches and reduce body fat. These simple activities are also associated with:

  • Balanced blood sugar levels
  • A brighter mood and reduced anxiety
  • Tighter core muscles, which means a flatter belly
  • More energy throughout the day, especially in the afternoon
  • A stronger lower back that keeps your core tight and resists pain

You’ll enjoy that unbeatable feeling of “I did it!” and you may even find that your clothes fit better than before. After 60 days, you’ll be well on your path toward wellness. Be well,

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