Stay Healthy - On the Job
Employers know that a healthy employee is usually a productive one. Providing perks, such as gym memberships for example, are expensive and not part of most employer's budgets. That's ok. There are ways employers can enable their employees to work out while in and around the office. Ultimately it's up the indvidual to be proactive about his or her health. In the meantime, here are some tips from a highly regarded source for employees to practice healthy habits while on the job.
The Mayo Clinic
One of the nation's most prominent medical organizations, the Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit worldwide leader in medical care, research and education for people from all walks of life. The Mayo Clinic offers the following strategies for employees to make the most of their health while at work:
No. 1: Make the most of your commute
Walk or bike to work. If you ride the bus or the subway, get off a few blocks early or at an earlier stop than usual and walk the rest of the way. If you drive to work, park at the far end of the parking lot — or park in the lot for a nearby building. In your building, take the stairs rather than the elevator.
No. 2: Look for opportunities to stand
You'll burn more calories standing than sitting. Stand while talking on the phone. Better yet, try a standing desk — or improvise with a high table or counter. Eat lunch standing up. Trade instant messaging and phone calls for walks to other desks or offices.
No. 3: Take fitness breaks
Rather than hanging out in the lounge with coffee or a snack, take a brisk walk or do some gentle stretching. For example, face straight ahead, then lower your chin to your chest. Or, while standing, grab one of your ankles — or your pant leg — and bring it up toward your buttock. Hold each stretch for 15 to 30 seconds.
No. 4: Trade your office chair for a fitness ball
Consider trading your desk chair for a firmly inflated fitness or stability ball, as long as you're able to safely balance on the ball. You'll improve your balance and tone your core muscles while sitting at your desk. You can even use the fitness ball for wall squats or other workplace exercises during the day.
No. 5: Keep fitness equipment in your work area
Store resistance bands — stretchy cords or tubes that offer weight-like resistance when you pull on them — or small hand weights in a desk drawer or cabinet. Do arm curls between meetings or tasks.
Change isn't easy – that's for sure. Encouraging change for a healthier workforce however is a positive move in the right direction for a productivey and your employee's well-being.