Part One: Keeping in game shape can help you ride through the turbulence
Many are dealing with elevated stress levels because of the volatility in the economy. Some of us are out of work or have been forced to take on increased workloads because of cutbacks. Good fitness habits combat the negative effects of stress and improve self confidence for both job seekers and employees.
Keeping fit does wonders at the office
Numerous studies have concluded that companies lose billions of dollars in revenues each year because employees lack energy and stamina which results in diminished production. Companies with wellness programs have found that fit and healthier employees are inclined to work harder and are less-likely to miss work due to illness.
Former NFL Coach, Herm Edwards, was highly lauded by many because of his efforts to promote fitness and wellness in his organization. He would structure fitness clauses in the contracts of his coaching staff under the belief that his players would work harder for coaches who maintained a healthy appearance. He would also open the facility for team staff members and their families to promote a health and wellness for the organization.
It is cost prohibitive to assist our employees with their efforts to get into shape.
While constructing a gymnasium in the office may be cost prohibitive for most companies, there are a number of things employers can do to help the cause, such as, providing stipends to employees who join a gym or register for a recreational program. It would also be a good idea to provide good, healthy snacks in the break room vending machines.
It takes too much time and effort to keep in shape.
It actually takes just as much effort and time to be unfit as it does to keep fit. A smart diet, combined with just three hours of a regimented workout plan, which includes strength training, flexibility, and cardiovascular exercises each week, is enough to improve anyone’s level of fitness exponentially.
I’ve tried to get in shape in the past, and it just didn’t work for me.
First of all, be realistic and don’t set yourself up for disappointment. Aim first to improve your overall health. If you didn’t look the part of an Olympic athlete when you were in your teens and twenties, you’re not going to look like one while you’re in your thirties or forties. Temporary diets and occasional walks in the park won’t cut it. You have to equip yourself with a lifestyle change.
Take the initiative to be more fitness conscious each day at home or work by doing little things, such as taking the stairs, parking farther away from the front door, and even taking a short, brisk walk after lunch each day. It would also make sense to replace those cookies and candy bars in your desk with fresh fruit (Sorry, but I’m not giving up the Mexican cookies that Danny Z. occasionally brings to the office).
Remember, it’s never too late to get started. Have a healthy and productive day!