According to a recent study, your cardio-respiratory fitness directly impacts your quality of sleep. In a 4-decade long study of 9,000 men and women, as cardio-respiratory fitness diminished, sleep complaints increased. Why the link? Study authors say that frequent exercise cuts back on anxiety and weight gain, both of which can contribute to sleep trouble in your 40s and 50s. What’s the best exercise to do to improve your sleep? The exercise that you like to do! If you like dancing, put music on and dance around for 30 minutes, 4-5 times a week. Like walking? That works, too–keep a steady pace, walk for 30 minutes (or more) 4-5 times a week. Really, any exercise that increases your heart rate moderately for 30 or more minutes, done 4-5 times a week, will work!
Archives for September 2015
Great News! The 2015 Wellness Plan healthy activities deadline has been extended to December 31, 2015!
Participants now have an additional 90 days to complete the activities for 2015:
- Select a PCP
- Complete the health assessment
- Review the results of the the health risk assessment with your PCP and return the signed physician form to your carrier
PCP copays can still be waived once the activities are completed through 12/31/15. And you avoid the surcharge!
Go to http://dbm.maryland.gov/benefits/Pages/WellnessHome.aspx for links to the carrier sites and easy tips for wellness completion.