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Physical activity: What 8 of the world’s greatest minds had to say

Fasten your seat belts and put on your intellectual hats, we are taking a trip through time to share with you what some of the best minds have said about physical activity through the years:

“Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.” Plato

”Without exercise, a good diet alone is not sufficient and eventually medical treatment will be needed.” ◊ Hippocrates

“It is exercise alone that supports the spirits, and keeps the mind in vigor.”Cicero

“In every school a gymnasium, or place for physical exercise, should be established for the children. This much-neglected provision is, in my opinion, the most important part of education, not only for the purpose of forming robust and healthy physiques, but even more for moral purposes.” Jean-Jacques Rousseau

“Those who do not find time for exercise will have to find time for illness.”Robert de Ferrers, First Earl of Derby

“How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live! Methinks that the moment my legs begin to move my thoughts begin to flow…a thousand rills which have their rise in the sources of thought burst forth and fertilize my brain…only while we are in action is the circulation perfect.” Henry David Thoreau

“Not less than two hours a day should be devoted to exercise […]. The recipe […] is simple diet, exercise and the open air, be it’s state what it will; and we may venture to say that this recipe will give health and vigor to every other description.” Thomas Jefferson

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but instead will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.” ◊ Thomas Edison

The value of sport and physical activity is no secret – our greatest minds have known for thousands of years how important it is to lead a healthy and fulfilled life. Now we all just need to work together to make sure we embody those values once again. #BeActive

Supporting #BeActive workplaces: Energy@Work

Technology has made our lives easier. Instead of taking the stairs we use the elevator, instead of walking to work, we park our cars as close as we can, instead of growing our own vegetables, we get them delivered straight to our doorsteps. A technological step forward indeed, but one that also impacts our health. Being active nowadays means that you make time to exercise. But in this time-consuming world we benefit to look for ways to integrate our activity in our daily life.

So much can be gained by making small, but valuable changes in our lifestyles – not only in our personal lives, but also in our professional environments. When people engage in physical activity, they have more energy, better focus and efficiency, and a more positive self-image.

Energy Lab’s Energy@Work program helps companies set up a health and wellness plan to inform, activate and motivate all employees to live healthier lifestyles. In order to achieve a real reversal of unhealthy habits, we focus on three elements: sport and physical activity, nutrition and mental health.

Take a moment to look at this stunning video showing the result of all the hard work that Adecco Win4Youth ambassadors have gone through to prepare themselves for cycling the Col du Tourmalet.

Every year, Adecco recruits new ambassadors worldwide to give them a once in a lifetime experience. Most of them are brand new to cycling, which makes the challenge even bigger. But with the support of Energy Lab they all went the extra mile to reach their goal.

Our sport coaches first test all ambassadors to understand their starting condition. Based on these results, the coaches set up a nutrition and sporting plan which they followed up closely. In preparation for the big event, training sessions are booked to evaluate the progress of each ambassador. During this phase, we keep an eye on the condition of each individual to be sure that they train in a responsible manner.

We believe that focusing on the wellbeing of employees allows companies to thrive on an individual and corporate level.

About the Energy Lab

Energy Lab trains and coaches recreational, competitive and professional athletes, in person as well as online with the Start2Run app and MyEnergyLab tool. Secondly Energy Lab develops exercise and wellness campaigns for companies under the umbrella Energy@Work. Energy Lab currently counts 4 labs in Belgium and the Netherlands, and is part of the Golazo Group.

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