Spreading the Wellbeing habit at work
Many of us feel a bit stuck in a rut at the beginning of the year, and it can have a bad effect on our personal life, our productivity at work and our health and fitness.
The good news is you don't have to drastically remodel your life in order to shake things up and to get your mojo back.
One area you might want to concentrate on is work. Most of us spend around eight hours each day at work, so it makes sense to try to build healthy habits into these hours and to try to bring a little fun and a renewed sense of vigour into the office.
It isn't as difficult as you might think – particularly if your colleagues are open to a little friendly competition. And making a habit of exercising during the working day is something your boss should be receptive to – it has been shown to improve concentration, cut sickness days and create better team spirit in the workplace.
Here are some ideas to help you fit in some exercise during office hours and to help encourage a healthy attitude to fitness and wellbeing at work.
- Find some allies. If you have a colleague who bemoans the number of cakes and sweets that float around the office every time someone has a birthday, why not suggest the two of you set up a Wednesday Walking Club? Bring in your kit and go for a brisk 30 minute walk outside or on the treadmill at the gym.
- Make a habit of tracking your daily steps using a fitness app. Encourage your colleagues to do the same and set up a leader board to inject a little healthy competition into the challenge, with the first to reach 1,000 steps getting a small prize.
- If you have two or three social events throughout the year as a company make one of them activity based. This doesn't have to mean entering a marathon together but you could arrange a watersports day, a canoeing trip, take some dancing lessons, or spend an afternoon on the LC’s Boardrider.
- Subtly change your language and your thinking when it comes to exercise. Instead of telling yourself: “I need to spend three lunch hours a week at the gym to tone up.” Tell yourself: “I’m going to master upper body exercises using the gym’s resistance machines.” Or “I’m going to master the spin class techniques this week.” By using positive language and by changing how you refer to your goals you are setting yourself up for success, psychologically.