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Promoting Wellness at Work: Tipping the Scale in Your Favor

I love watching television and seeing all the ads for exercise programs and new equipment to help us all get fit. But we all know that weight loss is a matter of motivation, eating right and finding the energy and time to work out.

With everyone busy at the office, we need to find ways to incorporate fitness and eating right while we work. So how can we all promote wellness at work in an affordable and effective manner?

Finding workouts that work

Employees need to get creative about utilizing their office and personal workspace. Simple ideas such as parking a mile away from work and then walking, jogging or biking to the office is a great way to get some exercise before the workday gets too hectic.  Then once you arrive, if your office is higher than the first floor, use the stairs as another way to sneak in a quick workout.

I know many people deal with lots of meetings and work in front of a computer. So you feel stuck in your chair, but you can exercise sitting in your chair! I know we don’t want to look strange in front of our co-workers, but your health is more important. And who knows, you might just start influencing the people around you to do some chair exercises.

So how do you exercise in your chair? Click this link to start working out in your chair today. If you’re lucky enough to have an office all to yourself, you can exercise in your chair and then move to the floor to add other exercises such as pushups, crunches, burpees or donkey kicks.

OK, I get it, it’s unconventional to perform wellness activities at work such as exercise. If you feel too self-conscious another option that’s gaining popularity is to bring in your own adjustable standing desk or desktop. These are great for a change of pace from the usual desk where you’re forced to sit all day (generally not a good idea anyways). You can find every price point from high to low – there’s even a cardboard starter model. You may want an anti-fatigue mat to go with it.

If you’re able to hit the gym outside of work, perhaps your company would be willing to negotiate a corporate discount for a gym membership. The trick, of course, is to use it!

You are what you eat

I can’t speak for everyone, but for me eating right is the hardest thing to master! We all know we’re supposed to eat right, but finding healthy alternatives can be a challenge. Hence, finding delicious recipes is crucial to sticking with nutritious food.

If you’re doing this on your own, you’re going to have to do some research and prep work. Packing items ahead of time such as protein bars, fruits, veggies, nuts, zucchini chips and lots of water is a must.

Some people also designate a cooking day where you cook all your healthy meals in advance for the week. If you can pull it off, it’s a fantastic idea. I know that when I come home from work, I’m tired and hungry. I don’t care what I eat, and that’s where all the trouble starts.

If you have food provided at the office such as vending machines or a snack cart, suggest that healthy snack options are available, or just bring your own to avoid temptation. You could also start a healthy cooking club where everyone does some research to find tasty and healthy recipes to share on certain days.

You could take your passion for wellness a step further by starting a club that shares freshly grown fruits and vegetables to exchange with other participants.

Employee wellness – at work and at home

Losing weight and eating healthy are the two most common thoughts that come to mind when we think of wellness. However, there are other matters to consider such as:

You’re getting sleepy – Working in the IT industry has forced too many people to burn the midnight oil, which is so unhealthy. So go to bed early, get a good night’s rest, wake up refreshed and then do your work. I find that when I do this, I can think more creatively and get work done faster!

Recharge your batteries – Taking the time to rejuvenate by actually using your vacation days to take a vacation – or at least not work. Likewise, when you’re sick stay home! I know plenty of well-meaning people who show up at the office and work through their illness…only to get everyone else around them sick as well. Additionally, when you allow your body to rest, it can heal itself faster.

When you’re in good health, you’re able to tip the scales in your favor to be able to effectively tackle all the commitments you have at work and in life.

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Danielle is instrumental in handling DCR’s human resources functions including benefits, worker’s compensation, unemployment claims and FMLA cases. In her downtime, she loves live music, books and the great outdoors.