Remember the importance of daily exercise

Daily exercise is key to overall health and can help to prevent hospitalizations. It’s also a great way to earn My Wellness points. Walk 8,000 steps a day or achieve 30 minutes of physical activity per day to earn points in the My Wellness portal.

The Walk This Way Challenge concludes on Tuesday, May 30. Record 50,000 steps for each week of May to receive 25 My Wellness points in the My Wellness portal. Steps can be recorded retroactively.

Reduce your risk of hospitalization with 20 minutes of daily exercise from the Live Well, Work Well newsletter

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Network Open found that physical activity not only decreases people’s risk of developing health problems, but may also help prevent them from being hospitalized. Researchers found that the magic number was just 20 minutes of daily exercise.

It’s well known that exercise is linked to a lower risk of cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Still, the JAMA study explored the association for conditions not typically linked with exercise. The conditions significantly impacted by exercise were urinary tract infections, gallbladder disease and pneumonia.

Talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns about incorporating exercise into your daily routine.