Staying Healthy, Fit And Productive
It can be hard to find the time, or the motivation, to exercise, and when you are at work all day, it becomes even harder. If you could out to the gym in your lunch break that would be great, but who would want to come back all sweaty?
Exercise is great for blowing off steam, and letting go of stress before it becomes harmful. In these uncertain times, there are very few ‘secure’ jobs. The trouble is, the more you realise that, the more stressed out you become. As your stress levels increase, so does the potential for mistakes. If you really cannot afford to make mistakes, then you need to do something about your stress levels.
Talking to your employer is a good idea, if only to help alleviate your worries.
Still, it’s hard to beat exercise isn’t it? There is always an opportunity for it if you’re looking. You just need a little creativity.
Keep it simple
- There are lots of little things that we can do, such always taking the stairs instead of an elevator. Park further away from the building, just not so far that you end up being late for work. These are good ways to get going, but there a few more steps that you can take.
- If you are allowed, sit on an exercise ball instead of a chair. This will strengthen your abs, back, and your posture will improve too. Use a small, quiet alarm to go off every hour. This is your cue to up and stretch. Even if you just swing your arms while taking deep breathes, it’s worth it.
- When you need the bathroom, use one on a different floor and walk there – never use the elevator.
- Use a pedometer to keep track of how many steps that you have taken. Try and aim for around 6k steps a day.
- If you have to deliver messages do it by hand, and in person, this will get you up and moving.
- Do you take a packed lunch to work? Leave it in the car in the morning, and now you have an excuse to walk out and get it.
- If answering a telephone on your desk likely, get a headset. This way can still walk around while you talk.
Making Your Office Fitness Friendly
If your company already makes use of companies like Health Assured, they already know how important health and fitness is to a productive workforce. If not, tell them. Many businesses make a point of listening to their employees, so take advantage of that.
There are a lot of opportunities when it comes to employee health.
Your company could:
- Connect with local gyms to provide discounts for staff
- Organise weekend walks
- Encourage your boss to be active. If they are, others will follow
Nothing is more important to a business that wants to stay productive, than a happy and healthy workforce. You get end up being able to keep fit at work too, and that can only be a good thing, can’t it?
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