We are 2 months into the year already and the research would suggest that most people have already ‘done-away’ with their well intentioned new year’s resolutions.
What if your workplace, your social committee, your HR, Wellbeing or People Branch made it EASIER, rather than HARDER, for you to make healthy changes?
We feel privileged to get an ‘inside-look’ at the culture of our Government and Private clients. And to be honest, sometimes the endless sugary morning teas, coffee breaks every hour, and the always in arms length fundraising chocolate bars, makes any individual positive health goals practically impossible. I’ve even heard fellow team members ridicule a poor lady that passed on the ‘croissants and cream buns’ at a team members farewell, implying that there were’t being a team player! Here, also have some guilt with that cream!
So we thought we could help.
Here are 4 simple workplace health strategies that will support those staff trying to make real and lasting healthy changes, whilst still providing the all important team social catch-ups. Get some support from your colleagues to make this the new habit and culture amongst your team.
1. BYO lunch.
By bringing food from home, you’re more likely to make healthy choices. Bringing your lunch doesn’t necessarily mean eating at your desk or missing out on networking and social opportunities.
Your mission this week: Notice someone that does this already. I’ll bet they are either already healthy or on the way. (Disclaimer: Last night’s Pizza doesn’t count!)
2. Support strategic movement breaks.
Sitting is the new smoking!
Take hourly 5-minute breaks and do some simple stretches and movements like chest stretches, shoulder rolls, drop lunges or backward lunges with a Twist. These counteract the effects of the modern sedentary workplace, which rounds our shoulders, locks our hips, and weakens our core. Some of our clients are also experimenting with standing workstations that staff share and hot-desk.
3. Build a re-fueling station.
The most high performing workplaces have these….and it’s not coincidence. I was inspired when on a trip to the US a few years ago, I was invited for a personal tour of Twitter. The staff amenities and kitchen area were packed with nutrient-dense, oatmeal (our porridge), fruit, veggies, nuts, sunflower seeds, and proteins such as tins of salmon and tuna. Even a blender or shaker bottle, for 3.30pm shakes or smoothies consisting of fruit and whey protein, is going to far surpass the extra coffee or chocolate hit!
PS: Being hungry in the mid-afternoon is not a bad thing so don’t fight it, just choose something healthy, preferably with a mixture of Complex Carbohydrate and lean Protein. As we always preach, Eat Clean & Eat Often. This will stabilise your Blood Glucose and ability to Focus.
4. Swap ‘team building’ drinks for a walk outdoors or fitness session
This team habit is a double win for the health conscious.
Not only do you miss the tempting mega-calorie Friday drinks and chips, but you also do something with your teammates that is fun, healthy, productive, thought inspiring, and engaging.
If ALL your social networking opportunities consist of alcohol, we suggest you seriously try to create some new personal habits.
PS: Would now be a good time to remind you that 1 beer/wine requires a 2km jog to burn off the calories. This can add up quickly…Earn it or Burn it!
Thanks for reading, I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Pro-Fit Corporate Health
t: 1300 553360