Feeling stressed? Stretch it out with these two deep breathing stretches to improve your day in less than two minutes. Follow along with us.
Last month, we at Active launched an employee walking challenge to encourage our own workforce to make more time for healthy activity each day. The challenge ignited some friendly competition among our teams based across the country. Each team competed for the most steps and tracked using a variety of compatible devices that automatically updated a real-time leaderboard on our employee wellness portal. 30% of our full-time employees participated averaging a little over 4 miles per day per employee, and collectively, we stepped up to the challenge!
A healthy and productive workforce is something every organization strives for. Traditionally, the way to achieve this goal is to provide wellness programs for employees that focus on outcomes, biometrics, assessments, and other aspects which emphasize only the physical health of the employee. Of course, a healthy body will positively impact your employees in numerous ways, and may even prompt the increase in productivity you are looking for, but is it enough to sustain and retain your employees? Will taking a health assessment year after year result in healthier employees?
“Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV and is more treacherous than parachuting. We are sitting ourselves to death.” This statement was given by Dr. James Levine, Director of Mayo Clinic–Arizona State University, in a recent interview covering his research on the adverse effects of a sedentary lifestyle.
It’s been said that mindfulness in the workplace can increase productivity and reduce stress. The question is, what is mindfulness? Mindfulness is a gentle effort to be aware moment to moment. It’s living in the present moment so all of your energy is directed to right now. In the present moment your focus is clear, ideas flow freely and solutions arise.
You can train your brain to be more mindful. It’s just like strengthening a muscle. Try the following exercises to become more mindful:
There are a lot of good reasons to start a corporate wellness program, and you've probably heard all or most of them. These programs are associated with greater productivity, lower absenteeism, lowered health care and disability insurance costs, and fewer worker's compensation claims. The problem is different types of corporate wellness programs have different levels of effect on different workplaces and employee pools. With so many variables, it can be hard to predict exactly what effects your corporate wellness program will have or even pinpoint exactly which changes are the result of the program once it's in place. Take a look at some telltale signs that your investment in your employees' health and wellbeing is paying off.
Health care costs are higher than ever, leaving some businesses struggling to provide coverage for their employees. For many companies, the key to keeping health care premiums low is improving the health and well-being of their employees. Incentivized by the Affordable Care Act, many businesses are turning to fitness and wellness center planners such as Active Wellness for guidance as they implement corporate wellness programs, encouraging their employees to pay attention to their nutrition, activity levels, and general health.
Yoga has become one of the most popular forms of exercise, with people of every age and stage using the exercises, postures and mediations to stretch and strengthen the body in a balanced way. Whether it is casual users looking to relax or more experienced practitioners looking to expand their minds and improve their bodies, people who practice yoga want to do so in the right environment. As you work on the design for your corporate wellness or medical fitness center, you will definitely want to include a dedicated space that can be used for yoga classes and group exercise.
You hear all about the benefits of working out and being active, but did you ever wonder just how bad being inactive really is for you? It's important to understand that it's not so much that being active makes you healthier, it's that being sedentary actually makes you unhealthy. You need to have some level of activity just to maintain your health, and if you're not feeling well and healthy, then it may be because you're sitting too much. Take a look at how being too inactive can affect you, and how you can start improving your health with more activity.