Nov - Dec 2016

Working Out at Work

By Lindsey House, RD LD Certified Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise

 

If you’re too busy or too tired to drive to a gym to work out after a long day at the office, it may make sense for you to work out while you’re at work.

 

In fact, more businesses are building fitness opportunities into the workplace. The hope is that it may translate into workers who take better care of themselves and in turn take better care of their customers.

 

For instance, insurance companies are providing perks (monetary or prize oriented) for reaching step goals, such as hitting 10,000 steps a day. Pedometers are a fabulous way to stay motivated on increasing daily movement. These hot items: Fitbit, Nike Fuel Band, Jaw Bone, Garmin, and Omron can be found online or in many local stores.

 

Work station treadmills are also a new and popular idea.. Offices are providing treadmills with a work station attached where employees can listen to a conference call while walking – this means workers can reap the benefits of getting fit, while staying productive. Some companies are implementing resistance ball desk chairs. Resistance balls can aid in proper posture, improving balance and the natural instinct to move more when seated on a bouncy ball. There is also an attachment called a Surf Shelf that can be used on stationary bikes or treadmills for lap top use. This makes it easier for busy professionals to maximize the hours in the day.

 

When exercising in the workplace, it’s important to remember that any exercise is better than no exercise at all. Keep in mind that all movement helps increase energy, lower blood pressure, relieve stress, burn calories, enhance the immune system and strengthen bones, improve mood and self-esteem and more. You should focus on movement that feels good for your body and look for ways to make fitness a part of your daily life. Also consider fitness trackers, resistance ball chairs, treadmill workstations and laptop holders. Which one of these could fit into your life? Start today.