Being conscious of your health is important for anyone in any walk of life. No matter if you’re a stay at home mom turned entrepreneur or a big-wig CEO at a Fortune 500 company, fitness isn’t something to laugh off. This is especially true in a work environment. Factors like staying sedentary and stress can lead to major health problems, like heart disease, weight gain and overall immune system deterioration – and that’s just a small sampling of the potential risks of staying inactive in the business world.
It’s a common problem that professional women make unhealthy choices because they feel they’re too busy to do what’s right for their health. This can be skipping workout routines, choosing quick and greasy foods because there’s no time to make dinner, or even snacking too much while at work in order to keep their energy up.
This is something that needs to change, but it’s not a change that includes just you. Instead of only focusing on getting your own health in check, start considering a work environment that puts fitness first.
Group Activities Promote Teamwork
It’s always been advised that working out and dieting is best done with a buddy. When you exercise and diet with a partner, you hold each other accountable for your successes. Working out alone means that you can quit whenever you want with no motivation, while doing it with someone else is motivation in and of itself.
This only increases when there are more people added to the mix. Think about a yoga class – you don’t want to be the only one who can’t do a Downward Facing Dog, do you? This same mentality can be applied in a workplace that promotes fitness. There’s a drive put in place that pushes employees to succeed and go beyond their capabilities, which also promotes workplace teamwork. Employees that get fit together work better together.
A Shift from Workplace Boredom
Think about your daily work schedule. There are certainly times where you think to yourself “I wish I could be doing something, anything that isn’t this right now.” Your colleagues and employees think the same thing too. The reality is that bored workers and unchallenged workers stagnate in the workplace. This ennui leads to lower productivity.
This can be fixed with regular breaks that focus on getting that blood circulating. When you encourage others to get up from their desk occasionally and walk around, be it around the block or a quick stroll through the office floors, you break up their boring schedule with something different. This recharges their minds and gives them an incentive to work more.
Science Supports It
Multiple studies have been done over the years that laud exercise and fitness increases productivity and focus. When you exercise, you get your heart racing and your blood flowing. Sitting or being inactive for extended periods of time causes lethargy, which isn’t conducive to workplace productivity, while getting up and getting active gets the brain working again.
Would you rather have a work environment filled with sluggish employees and colleagues, or one that promotes fitness and gets things done?