Getting on the Track to Financial Wellness

A study by Lincoln Financial finds that 55% of workers in the U.S. say they are on the right track to achieving financial well being. The study looked into the lives of the right-trackers, and found these five factors contribute to their feelings of financial security and financial success:

  1. 71% have created a financial plan.
  2. 98% are focused on the future.
  3. 78% exercise at least once a week.
  4. 63% feel good about themselves, which makes them more optimistic.
  5. 57% are enrolled in more than three non-medical benefits.

Employees define financial wellness in these terms:

  • 29% Being prepared for unforeseen events that could affect my
  • financial situation.
  • 27% Living comfortably and having control over day-to-day finances.
  • 25% Having financial freedom that allows me to enjoy my life.”
  • 19% Other.

Research suggests exercise can aid skill development

University of Copenhagen researchers said exercising may help people learn new physical skills because it prompts the brain to consolidate and store physical or motor memories. The research builds on earlier studies that focused on intellectual tasks and showed regular exercise may improve the brain’s overall ability to remember. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Well blog (9/26)

Study: Vision loss is linked to lower levels of exercise

Poor vision may keep people from exercising, possibly because of a fear of falling, according to a study in the journal Ophthalmology. Researchers found that people with good vision logged 9,700 steps each day and had 20 minutes of moderate or vigorous exercise, but that dropped to 8,000 steps and 15 minutes for people with vision loss in one eye and to 6,800 steps and 10 minutes for those with reduced sight in both eyes. Reuters (9/5)

Trainer lists simple exercises to work into your daily routine

Standing instead of sitting while on the phone or standing on one leg while brushing your teeth are two easy ways to add exercise to a daily routine and burn extra calories, trainer Jay Cardiello writes. He lists other simple exercises that work on core strength and balance, including dancing while getting dressed, contracting and holding abdominal muscles while driving and doing a few pushups on the bed at night.

Study: 30 minutes of exercise is just as good as 1 hour

A study in the American Journal of Physiology showed that men who vigorously exercised for 30 minutes per day lost an average of 8 pounds over three months, while those who had a one-hour training period lost 6 pounds. Researchers at the University of Copenhagen wrote that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat.” The Telegraph (London)

Study: Moderate exercise has positive effect on women’s bones

Moderate physical activity for two hours a week helps premenopausal women maintain healthy bones, researchers in Saudi Arabia reported. The study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found lower levels of sclerostin, a marker for decreased bone formation, and higher levels of serum-insulin-like growth factor-1, which increases bone matrix deposition, were associated with exercise. MedPage Today (free registration) (8/18)

Lack of exercise leads list of threats to children’s health

Insufficient exercise was cited as a “big problem” for children’s health by 39% of adults, followed by obesity by 38% of adults, according to the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health. Researchers said the rise of a lack of exercise on the list may be attributed to public health messages about obesity and physical fitness. (8/20)

Last Updated 06/29/2022

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