Be physically active.

1. Be physically active.

People who are physically active tend to live longer and have a lower risk for heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression, and some cancers. While it can be hard to find the time for activity, a good goal is to fit in at least 30 minutes of moderate activity each day, like brisk walking or cycling. More is even better, but any amount is better than none. For many people, a good way to stay motivated is to try to get 10,000 steps each day. Most phones can keep track of steps; inexpensive pedometers work well, too.

Make activity a priority in your day and make it fun by doing activities you enjoy, especially with friends.

Take Action

For Individuals:

  • WashU Rec is offering new memberships to faculty and staff. Rates are available by month, semester or on an annual basis. Employees who commit to annual membership have the option to pay via monthly payroll deduction. In-person fitness classes continue to be offered in Snow Way Garage for members. Check out all of the facility amenities and programs here.
  • Get moving at your desk with these short videos created by Washington University’s Program in Physical Therapy. Start with a hamstring stretch, wall slide, hip flexor stretch, or quadruped rock to combat stiffness. Reference the Daily Deskercise handout for more ways to move throughout your day. If you are experiencing pain when you exercise (or you want to prevent pain through proper technique), School of Medicine physical therapists offer a variety of rehabilitation and treatment programs.
  • Need someone to help you stay on track? Get expert accountability from a WashU MyWay to Health consultant.
  • Sign up for our next activity challenge – earn rewards!
  • Track your activity – get a discount on GARMIN devices.

For Departments:

Learn More

Checkout curated health information you can trust from the Feuerstein Health & Wellness Information Center at the Bernard Becker Medical Library.

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