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Fitness Prevents Absenteeism

A study from Oklahoma State University shows that people who exercise regularly are far less likely to miss work than those who are not fit.

At first, you may say that this study is irrelevant because sick people can't exercise because they are sick and their illness causes them to miss work, but this study shows a relationship between how much you exercise and how much you miss work. Those who exercised 20 minutes, one day a week were far less likely to miss work and those who exercised two days a week were even less likely to miss work. That's why many companies pay their employees to exercise during the work day. As for you, try to exercise at least five days a week. If you can't exercise even one day a week, check with your doctor.

Relationship between frequency of aerobic activity and illness-related absenteeism in a large employee sample. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 2001, Vol 43, Iss 12, pp 1019-1025. BH Jacobsen, SG Aldana. Jacobsen BH, Oklahoma State Univ, Sch Appl Hlth & Educ Psychol, 101 Colvin Ctr, Stillwater,OK 74078 USA

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May 11th, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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