Health and Happiness Matter at the Workplace

Organizations are catching onto the fact that healthy and happy employees are more productive! According to a recent study done by the popular fitness tracker brand Fitbit, 80% of CEOs see corporate wellness programs playing a key role in reducing stress at work (even more than social events).

The workplace is shifting towards a more active environment where employees are expected to be less sedentary and more active. This means that it may be time for your company to start thinking about ways in which to implement wellness into every workday.

However, this is no easy task. Getting leadership to invest into workplace wellness usually requires stone-cold facts to support the investment. Luckily Fitbit Wellness put together a helpful infographic full of such findings:

Workplace Wellness Survey

How to Balance Exercise, Work and Family

For majority of adults, incorporating any sort of exercise routine that will yield desirable results is often challenging. Most of a regular day is spent at work, and with the overwhelming popularity of sedentary jobs, few of us get the necessary activity required for a healthy lifestyle. The remaining time is often used to balance family, friends and responsibilities. Hence why it may be hard to stick to a serious exercise routine or achieve a long-term training goal.

Exercising at the Office - Balanced Lifestyle

Fortunately, we stumbled across great tips from the Mio blog to help you incorporate exercise into a busy lifestyle:

If possible, add cardio to errands

  • If you’re going to the grocery store to grab a loaf of bread or need a haircut try walking or running instead of commuting. Pick and choose the errands that make most sense for your time and exercise goals.

Cycle to work

  • You’ve read that right: try cycling to work instead of driving. We spend a good chunk of our time getting to and from work, why not use it as exercise?

Work from home

  • Plenty of organizations are introducing telecommuting (or working from home). If you have such an option, use the time that would be allocated for commuting to fit in exercise.

Exercise while you work

  • Joining a webinar where you don’t have to speak? Have a longer than usual lunch break? All of these times can be used for exercising. Getting a group of co-workers together for lunch walks or runs is a great way to get everyone at the office moving.

Get up early

  • If you can make any extra time in the mornings before work or family responsibilities, add an exercise routine. It is a great way to get your body going for the rest of the day.

Involve the kids or family members

  • If you have kids make sure they are a part of your exercise schedule. They do not have to follow a rigorous training session, but they can walk, run or try other forms of activity suitable for their age. Same goes for parents, partners or siblings – find a common exercise that you can share together and get moving!

For a full list of tips visit Mio’s article here.

Stay Healthy During Seasonal Climate Changes

Every year, we hear how to boost immunity during cold and flu season. But there are four seasons, and we want to stay healthy for all of them.

The best strategy during seasonal changes? Prevention. Most of us have suffered a summer cold or fall exhaustion. By preparing our bodies for the change, we can cut down on the number of days we spend in bed.

Let’s get started.

Healthy Habits for Changing Seasons.

  • Boost your immune system. By nourishing your immune system year-round, you’ll have an army of good bacteria to fend off cold and flu, no matter the season. The best defense? Exercise and healthy lifestyle. Vitamin A, Selenium and Zinc are also important for maintaining balance, but be wary of “miracle supplements”; a healthy immune system can’t be achieved with a single pill.
  • Be social. Friendship charges us emotionally and physically. In one study, researchers found that the more social a person is, the more flu-fighting antibodies they produce.
  • Eat seasonally. Humans did it for thousands of years, making this a great way for your body to stay in-tune with the changing seasons. The reason? These foods give you the vitamins and nutrients you need, when you need them. In the summer, foods like corn and berries will be plentiful. In the fall, transition to root vegetables. The winter is a great time for consuming canned, pickled or fermented goods. In the spring, look for apples and sprouts. Check out this handy guide to learn more.
  • Get a massage. Finally, a reason to pamper yourself. Massages boost the immune system, decrease inflammation and lower stress hormones. A monthly or seasonal massage can make you happier and healthier — science says so.
  • Wash your hands. We left the broken record for last but couldn’t leave it off this list for one simple reason: it works. One study showed a 45% decrease of cold and flu transmission when participants washed their hands five time per day.

So, there you have it. Jump into autumn with your healthiest self!