Workplace Fitness Options
By Brandi Goodman
Many people spend a good majority of their time at work. Those who say they have no time for fitness might not when they're at home, but they should during the workday. There's lots of time to get in fitness as long as you make an effort to do so. During Employee Health and Fitness Month in May, do your best to start incorporating exercise into your workday so it becomes a habit you can continue for the rest of the year and thereafter.
Utilize your lunch break for fitness time. A lunchtime walk is a great way to incorporate exercise into your day while simultaneously reducing stress and improving health. You can either walk alone or start up a walking group with your co-workers as a way for everyone to get fit while bonding.
Stretching is necessary to improve flexibility and prevent injury. It may not provide the full benefits of aerobic exercise, but it does help. Stretch regularly throughout the work day and see how much better your body feels overall. You can stretch while sitting or standing in numerous ways.
Ask About a Gym Membership
Some companies offer a gym right within the building. Others have employee discounts available through nearby gyms where you can go before or after work. This may mean getting up earlier or arriving home late, but it will be worth it to get in some fitness time and improve your health.
Wear a Fitness Tracker
Having a fitness tracker on your wrist while at work helps you to see just how many steps you're truly getting. If you realize you're not getting very many steps throughout the day, it can make you more conscious of the choices you're making. Taking the elevator, for example, would limit your steps. Using the stairs would increase them. This helps you to get in even more fitness throughout the workday and encourages you to try harder.
Switch to a Stability Ball
If you sit in a chair while working, swap it out. A stability ball will have you using your core the entire time you're in it as you work to balance yourself. It also takes some pressure off the joints and can lead to a healthier you overall. You'll experience a stronger core and better posture along with better balance and improved flexibility.
Before you start any new fitness routine, it is best to speak with your chiropractor. Stop in at The Joint Chiropractic for an adjustment as well as some additional health tips. Working out at work can be a great way to add fitness into your daily routine even when you have limited time.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Kingwood, Tex.