There are many people who work in offices, spending hours with low physical activity, which often results in serious health problems. Raising awareness about the importance of having an active lifestyle is vital. Some of the more traditional options to vary up one’s work experience include travelling to work by bicycle and climbing stairs instead of using the elevator.
How to motivate employers to take care of their employees’ health? Here are five ideas to improve the health of employees who spend most of their time in an office, as provided by IDEA Group.
Count and win: use a step-counting device
There are two groups of people: those who enjoy active sports and those who either exercise very little or none at all. One of the reasons for that is they feel no immediate result from physical exercise. A step counter is ideal for people who have lost all motivation to exercise. This device shows the distance travelled and burned calories, providing the wearer new challenges.
Group morning exercise
Every morning people wake up thinking that ‘tomorrow’ they will start doing morning exercises. Days, weeks and months usually pass with nothing changing. The alarm rings, people rush to work and forget about any exercises. This prevents the body from waking up properly. With that, it is a good idea to do some morning exercises along with colleagues upon arriving to the office. This will help prepare the body for the long work day better than a cup of coffee.
Massage what doesn’t move
Do you sometimes feel the urge to slam your forehead into the wall after a long day of work? It would be more beneficial for your body to instead massage your neck and shoulders instead. This will help relax muscles and enhance the flow of blood to the brain, reduce headaches and normalize sleep to take on the next day’s challenges.
Race the elevator or who can climb from 1st to 7th floor and back using stairs
It is better to use the stairs than the elevator! We have all heard this phrase many times. It is good for the heart, muscles, etc.. But did you know that climbing stairs also improves brain function?
A study published in 2016 on neurobiology and age explains that climbing stairs improves brain health. The more floors a person climbs by stairs, the younger his brain becomes. The age of brains reduces by 0.58 with each floor, if a person climbs stairs every day.
Working in an office is tiring and demands a lot of energy. To maintain the energy level throughout the day, we recommend thinking about good snacks. Studies show that office workers most often look for snacks to eat in the afternoon. Consider healthy snacks, fruits, for example. Cocktails are also a good choice. Light cheese snacks are also good.