June has been dubbed Move for Your Mental Health Month by the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation, and for good reason. As the Financial Post points out:
“More than 8 in 10 Canadian men (81 per cent) surveyed believe physical activity has a positive effect on their mental health, based on new data from TELUS Health’s Mental Health Index. Yet, according to Canada’s most recent Adult Report Card, 88 per cent of adults are too sedentary.”
The Foundation’s website includes easy ways to add more physical activity, including:
- Parking further away from places
- Go for walking meetings
- Walk during your kid’s sports warmups
- Walk the dog
- Go for a walk after supper
There’s more at the site – and remember, science shows that better physical health can help mental health.
Each week, ICBA’s Jordan Bateman reflects on what we’ve learned as we participate in ICBA’s Workplace Wellness Program. ICBA’s Workplace Wellness Program is helping more than 100 companies and more than 10,000 construction professionals better understand mental health. This program is free for all ICBA members – check out icba.ca/wellness for details.