Health is Wealth
Staying healthy in the office environment is a monumental challenge, but believe it or not, no matter how busy you are at work, there is a way to incorporate fitness into your everyday routine.
The human body wasn’t designed to sit slouched and motionless for half a day and this effects the way we work, think and feel. As an example, back pain is the most frequent cause of people taking long term absence from the office, with a supposed 15 million work days lost to it in the UK.
Giving up your seat… where do you stand?
Standing up is known to help reduce the risk of weight gain and obesity. So does that mean we should all ditch our desks and chairs to make a beeline for stand-up desks? Does it mean you can over indulge on full fat Fridays and burn the calories whilst you’re still in the office? (count us in!) They are reported to help reduce back pain, which when you think about the 15 million work days lost to it in the UK – they could be a good investment for UK companies, so should we all be looking into it?
Standing desks help to improve mood and energy levels, they appear to have a positive impact on the overall well-being. In one 7-week study, employees using standing desks reported less stress and fatigue than those who remained seated the entire work day. Additionally, 87% of those using standing desks reported an increase in energy throughout the day. Considering that standing improves mood and energy, using a standing desk is more likely to boost productivity in the workplace.
Workouts at work
It’s something we are seeing regularly with more companies offering fitness programmes in the workplace as a way to help keep staff and contractors fit, healthy and most importantly happy. Some companies are now offering free yoga classes before 9am, others offer 20 minute HIIT workouts to keep workers healthy and focused over their lunch break.
Below are some of the reported benefits of workouts at work:
- Workers become more productive
- Reduced stress-related absence
- Relief of head, neck and back pain
- Enhanced employee attitude and outlook
- Improved customer service
- Alertness and ability to react more calmly in demanding situations
- Overall improvement in well-being at the workplace, subsequent reduction in employee
and contractor turnover
It comes as no surprise then, that when we are healthy, we are happier and more poductive.
Recent research indicates that companies who offer non-traditional health and wellbeing programs such yoga and fitness programs in the office in addition to more ‘traditional’ benefits such as free fruit, gym memberships and Cycle-to-Work schemes to their workers, overall they are likely to reduce sick leave days and see an improvement in private medical insurance claims and premiums.
In summary, getting healthier in the work place drives performance to the bottom line!