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Get moving or get lifting? Research compares population trends for aerobic activity and resistance training

By Tatiana Shnaiden, M.D., Chief Science and Analytics Officer

Get more physical. We hear the message multiple times a day, through multiple channels and it seems to be working. According to the National Health Interview Survey, we are witnessing an increase in physical activity. This is great news for all of us in the health and wel-being industry. But it also begs the question: Which type of physical activity is most impactful for your employee population—aerobic activity or resistance training?

To answer this question my team and I conducted research based on the HealthFitness book of business. We found that worksite well-being programs skewed toward aerobic activity to the exclusion of other forms of exercise. While aerobic activity is undoubtedly helpful, we believe that by also incorporating resistance training, employers can help employees achieve significant improvements in their health and well-being.

Fortunately, the introduction of easily available monitoring technology and virtual fitness options make resistance training that much easier to implement in the workplace. And incorporating resistance training into program design can help employers build upon the successes they may be experiencing with aerobic activity. Not to mention helping more employees get more physical.

Think piece provides overview of research findings
For a full overview of our research findings, I encourage you to download our Think piece, Get Moving or Get Lifting? Comparing Population Trends for Aerobic Activity and Resistance Training

About the author: 
Tatiana is chief science and analytics officer at HealthFitness and brings more than 15 years of experience in health care analytics. She most recently served as vice president of value optimization for ActiveHealth Management. She holds a master’s degree in biostatistics from New York Medical College School of Public Health and a medical degree from Russian State Medical University, Moscow.

Posted on June 01, 2017 in Research