What’s your workplace wellness plan? As an individual, it’s important to balance your physical health alongside a busy work schedule. As a manager, you are accountable for providing options for your employees to maintain physical wellness inside and outside the workplace, which can fit within the schedule and demands of your company.
Physical health is directly aligned with performance in the workplace; its benefits include achieving a work-life balance, the ability to maintain stress, a healthy and composed professional image, and a means to counter-balance long hours sitting behind a computer.
Below are a few tips on how to incorporate wellness into your workday, followed by a few best practices for etiquette at the gym:
For Managers: Helping your employees stay healthy
- Encourage your employees to get up and stretch or walk around the office every hour. Share with them the health benefits of taking short breaks during long periods of sitting.
- Consider enrolling in a plan with a local gym that provides your employees with a corporate discount. Many gyms provide contracts for companies with the option of reduced membership rates and other benefits for employees.
- Ensure that all of your employees are outfitted with good quality office furniture that correctly aligns posture and physical ergonomics. This includes desk chairs, elevated computer or laptop stands, and keyboard trays, depending on the layout of the desk.
For Individuals: Balancing work with physical health
- In spite of a busy work schedule, it is important to make time for physical health, which directly affects your performance in the office, your stress level, and your overall well-being. Choose a gym that is near your office, so it is easily accessible to visit before work, during lunch or immediately after work. If the gym is not in a convenient location, it can seem near impossible to fit in a workout in the midst of an already hectic schedule!
- Plan to walk to work on certain days; or, if you don’t live in walking distance, try walking on your lunch hour. Fresh air and light exercise will give you energy for the rest of the afternoon.
- Throughout the day, drink plenty of water and remind yourself to stand up intermittently to avoid several consecutive hours of sitting. This is an easy way to stay fresh and alert.
Etiquette at the Gym
- If you attend the gym during peak times when the machines are mostly occupied, do not spend more than 30 minutes on one machine; instead, rotate between different cardio machines or try lifting weights as part of your workout
- Help to keep the gym clean and sanitary by using the towels and cleanser provided to wipe down equipment after use.
- Leave your cell phone locked away at all times while at the gym, whether in the locker room or on the workout floor. Many gyms have a no-cell phone policy for privacy purposes, as well as out of respect to the other gym attendees. Putting your cell phone away for an hour or two also benefits you in that it allows you to unwind and focus your attention away from the stresses of the office.
- Have fun, and enjoy maintaining a healthy work-life balance!
You can also read one of our previous blogs on gym etiquette
If you are interested, we also can arrange a great lunch and learn session at your place of work with our colleague Dr. Jones
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