Health and Wellness in Today's Office Environments
In 2010, the US Centers for Disease Control noted that almost 1 in every 3 Ohioans were obese. This epidemic is leading to all kinds of health issues for Americans. The obesity epidemic is one factor in the rise in insurance costs for Americans and American companies. If you work long hours at a sedentary office job like me, then you know it's hard not to let the pounds creep up on you through the years. It's up to us, individually and as a society to recognize what we are doing that is causing us to become overweight and make changes.
Importance to employers:
Being even slightly overweight can cause a lot of issues for us as individuals, but it also affects the companies we work for. Being overweight can cause us to feel sluggish during the day, making us less productive. Those who exercise more tend to use less sick days, and those sick days used by employees are lost production days to our employers.
What others are doing:
In a lot of offices today, companies have installed fitness centers and locker rooms for employees to use. All in an effort to help employees stay fit and healthier to keep the rising insurance costs in check. The US Green Building Council's LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards look to address this issue by providing credits to buildings where bike racks and showers are designed and installed. One of LEED's goals is to help build communities that encourage living, playing and working in same neighborhoods, which encourage those within that area to walk or bike to destinations.
Getting by with a little help from my friends:
Group workouts are not a new phenomenon, and lately have been becoming more popular. Statistics show that working out with groups or dieting with others is far more successful. Our mindsets work in a such a way that having others to discuss our successes with and encourage us after we falter make the process easier. It can also make you feel more accountable - you don't want to be the one missing out on that after work run!
No pain, no gain:
Benefits of exercising are more than just physical health.
- More energy during the day
- More self confidence and higher self-esteem (which can help you boost your career)
- Better mental awareness (studies have shown that doing cardio workouts can boost your mental awareness and help you address issues and find solutions faster)
- Better, deeper sleep! This helps you become more alert which makes you more effective and efficient at the workplace.
90% Mental, 10% Physical:
There are a lot of reasons to want to get fit, but none more important than for you. To change yourself physically, you first must change yourself mentally. Chances are, you are not alone, look around your office, and you may soon find an area that you can use as a group fitness room, or taking walks at lunch with co-workers and discussing how many pushups and sit ups you did last night.
How are you promoting health and wellness at your office?
by Suzanne Cody
Director of Marketing
Before switching to a marketing role, Suzanne worked on projects for M+A and has a Bachelor of Science in Architecture. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her kids, riding in Pelotonia and eating at Cameron Mitchell restaurants.