Research shows that employees who eat healthy and do moderate exercise on a regular basis are more likely to have higher job performance in terms of higher productivity, lower stress and fewer sick days – not to mention other benefits outside of the office. By encouraging your employees to adopt healthier lifestyles, you are not only helping them improve their own quality of life, but you could also benefit your organization’s bottom line. Even better? There are small, simple changes you can promote in your own workplace to get moving (pun intended) towards greater wellbeing and performance.
“Unchain” yourself from your desk
In our highly-connected, fast-paced world, it can be very difficult to “unglue” yourself from your computer screen. Still, taking time to stand up and walk around can do a great deal for your physical and mental health. Beyond this, exercise is key to staying healthy and in shape, but getting to the gym can be a challenge. A few creative ways to fit in exercise are:
- scheduling walking meetings
- walking to get lunch
- park farther away than necessary and walk to-and-from the office
- take the stairs instead of the elevator
One study found that people who were immersed in nature for four days boosted their performance on a creative problem-solving test by 50 percent. There were a few factors that played a role in this increased creativity and productivity, including a decreased exposure to technology.
Brown Bag It
Proper nutrition is also central to fostering a healthy lifestyle in both how much you eat and making good food choices. Hidden sugars, fat, salt and ever-expanding portion sizes are all dangers of hitting your local sit-down or fast-food restaurant. Packing a lunch is the simplest way to take control of how you fuel your body. Still, if you find yourself needing to grab lunch, be mindful of portion sizes – consider boxing up half of your meal right away – and check the nutrition facts whenever available.
Stand (And Sit) Up Straight
When you hold your neck and upper shoulders in a fixed, awkward position for long periods of time, you can develop Tension Neck Syndrome (TNS), which is common in the workplace – especially for folks who spend a good portion of their days on the phone or typing (or in many cases both!). It can lead to neck and shoulder pain, muscle tightness, muscle tenderness and other complications if it goes uncorrected. Be aware of your posture, use a headset when possible, or even get up and walk while you are on the phone.
Go Easy on Your Eyes
As we continue to move away from paper, we find ourselves using our computers more and more. Eyestrain can cause headaches, difficulty focusing, and increased sensitivity to light. Try to keep your eyes about an arm’s length away from the computer screen and try to take regular breaks away from your screen to rest your eyes throughout the day.
Pay Attention to Your Stress
Often overlooked, but possibly the most important thing, is to pay close attention to your stress levels and overall mental health. Over the last decade we’ve seen a growing concern to look after the “whole person” – not just the “worker.” Employers, rightly so, have done more to understand and support mental health in the workplace. Tiredness and irritability, reduced work quality, indecisiveness and poor judgment, and physical illness such as headaches, nausea, aches and pains are all signs of stress for which we need to be on the lookout.
Read additional benefits of exercise: https://greatist.com/fitness/13-awesome-mental-health-benefits-exercise
Original post from HealthStat: http://www.healthstatinc.com/blog/5-workplace-health-tips-share-employees