WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – During the months of April and May, Civilian Health Promotion Services encourages the workforce to take 10-minute breaks during the workday to participate in her physical activity challenge: Recess.

“Participating in the Recess Physical Activity Challenge is a great way to fit more activity into your daily routine,” said Kim Harris. Eglin’s Civilian Health Promotion Coordinator.

Do you remember recess? During our youth, recess was a scheduled time in the school day for physical activity and play. As adults, many of us have sedentary jobs where we sit for hours working with rare pauses for a walk in the hallway. Too much sitting can be harmful.

Research has linked sitting for long periods of time to a number of health problems. They include obesity and a collection of conditions – increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol levels – that make up metabolic syndrome. Sitting for long periods of time can also cause your hip flexor and hamstring muscles to contract, which can contribute to tightness in your lower back and knees, making activities like walking more difficult.

Sitting less and moving more will contribute to better overall health. The impact of movement can be profound. You’ll burn more calories, which can lead to weight loss and increased energy. In addition, physical activity helps maintain muscle tone and your ability to move.

Here are some quick ways to get your body moving during the day:
• Stop sitting every 30 minutes – walk or do some stretching exercises.
• When watching TV, take walk breaks during commercials.
• Run errands or walk during your lunch break.
• Maintain the farm yourself instead of paying someone else to do it. Gardening and housework can cause blood to flow.

So get more active and start feeling better today.

To participate in the physical activity challenge during recess:

  • Visit USAFwellness.com to register April 1-13, 2022.
  • Print your recess confirmation email and complete an initial in-person check-in with CHPS between April 4-15 to receive the cooler bag registration prize. Perform and log at least 750 minutes (12.5 hours) of physical activity from April 14 through May 25 on the USAFwellness.com Activity Log.
  • Attend the recess class with CHPS titled “Fitness at Home: No Gym, No Problem” from April 14th to May 25th. In-person and virtual sessions available.
  • Attend an in-person pay event with CHPS from May 31 through June 10 to receive your yoga mat completion reward.

For more information on weight management and healthy lifestyles, call 883-8024.