There is a lot of information out there about finding the right work-life balance, but there are so many different definitions of what that balance should look like. The one that is gaining popularity and becoming more practical for anyone to achieve is incorporating fitness and a healthy lifestyle into the workplace.
From a few simple adjustments in your day-to-day routine to major changes in corporate infrastructure, incorporating health and wellness into your work life is now more attainable than ever. Corporate wellness plans and daily workplace exercise are growing in popularity and availability. You can have it all without sacrificing health and fitness or career success. Refer to this list to help you create a healthier workplace today and a healthier you tomorrow.
It may seem like a silly idea, but exercising at your desk is the perfect way to fit a little extra fitness into your daily routine. Practice some desk exercises, like squats and leg extensions, while you work.
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You can also use your bathroom break or trip to your car as a chance for some extra fitness. Do lunges to the bathroom, take the stairs from your car to the office or take an extra lap around the office before returning to your desk.
Another principle to remember is that if the food is there, you will eat it. Many offices have doughnuts or other unhealthy snack items readily available to workers, which makes choosing healthy foods more difficult. Instead of running to the vending machine for a bag of chips, store healthy snacks in a drawer of your desk. Having the healthier choices more readily available will make the choice easy for you on a regular basis.
Take a good look at the day-to-day happenings in your workplace. Does it seem like cake is being served every other day for someone’s birthday? Is someone taking frequent smoke breaks near the window beside your desk? Are lunch break workout sessions discouraged? Any one of these issues could be affecting your health, but you can do something about it.
Request that fruit trays be served instead of cake for birthdays. Require smokers to be 50 feet away from any doors or windows when they take their breaks. Organize group lunchtime fitness classes in the office or at a nearby gym. You can make small improvements in everyday business operations to create a healthier workplace for everyone.
Most people will support changes for a healthier workplace. Rally your co-workers to help you make the workplace more health centered. Together, try the previous ideas such as a daily group fitness class and finding healthier snack options.
You can take this a step further by using support from other co-workers to make changes on a corporate level . Petition to have a fitness center built into the office building, or request options for healthy snack vending machines to be installed. You can also create business-wide team-building activities that involve fitness like monthly sand volleyball tournaments. Use your workplace to your advantage when it comes to your health.
Jessica Socheski is a freelance writer who loves researching practical ways to live healthy. You can find her on Twitter or at The Teaching Box where she contributes.
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