Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' 2008 Physical Activity Guideines for Americans, adults need at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week and muscle-strengthening activities that work all major muscle groups on two or more days a week.
Not only is it best to spread your activity out during the week, but you can break it up into smaller amounts of time during the day. As long as you're doing your activity at a moderate or vigorous effort for at least 10 minutes at a time.
Moving More at Work
Fitness Centers and Group Exercise Classes: Wellness Works strives to establish a work environment that promotes healthy lifestyles, decreases the risk of disease, and enhances employees’ quality of life.
The County recognizes that regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health and offers multiple onsite fitness centers. Locations include:
- 301 Administration Building
- Air Quality/Environmental Services
- Department of Transportation
- Flood Control
- Public Health Administration Building
To gain access to any of the fitness centers, employees must complete and submit the Fitness Center Application Form. It is also highly recommended that employees attend a Fitness Center Orientation to learn about the equipment. Orientations are provided at the following locations and times:
- 301 W. Jefferson | Fitness Center - Basement | Tuesdays @ 5:15 pm
- Durango and other locations | By appointment only | Jan Hertzfeld 602.372.9297
Also offered to County employees are group exercise classes at various locations around Maricopa County. Classes are held at the following locations and are available to all fitness levels.
Group Exercise Schedules:
- Administration Building | Class Descriptions
- Air Quality/Environmental | Class Descriptions
- Security Building
- Southeast Facility
- Yoga across Maricopa County
Deskercise at Work: Deskercise is desk exercise. Physical activity or movement you can do at your work station. The exercises can involve stretching, range of motion, yoga, strength training, and more. It offers you a way to increase energy, burn some calories, and reduce tension and stress during the work day. It can be done during a morning or afternoon break or as a mini break in-between tasks. To learn more about Deskercise contact Jan Hertzfeld 602.372.9297
Walking at Work Program at Maricopa County: For various reasons, employees may not be able to attend a Maricopa County fitness center or group exercise class. Wellness Works encourages employees to find time to walk during their work day either indoors in the hotter Phoenix weather or outdoors during cooler months. There are many health benefits of walking and it can be done anywhere with little or no special equipment. If you are interested in forming a walking group at your worksite contact Jan Hertzfeld 602.372.9297 for guidance on proper implementation.
For exercise or fitness related information please contact Fitness Coordinator Jan Hertzfeld 602.372.9297.