With the temperamental weather of this week I’ll admit that it’s been harder than usual for me to get out for my walks at lunch time… hail, snow, rain and shine, we really have had it all!
I felt pretty disheartened, as my lunch time walks have become a well anticipated and enjoyed part of my daily routine. It’s a bit like if you’ve ever gone to the gym, only to find you’ve left one trainer or your leggings at home… the commitment is there, but you feel a victim of unfortunate circumstance!
I tried to venture outside with a giant golf umbrella (which, as it turns out, can still blow inside out!) but it was so miserable I eventually gave up.
But this, in turn, forced me to get thinking and come up with a list of things we can do to stay healthy at work both in the office, and out. So, here goes…
5 Ways To Get Healthier At Work
1. Who says your walk at lunch has to be outside?
Having been defeated by the weather, I decided to go for a wander around the different departments of my workplace as a way to get my 10 minutes in. Not only was it useful in giving me a well needed screen break, but I got to know my way around the other departments too.
Everyone’s workplaces are of different shapes and sizes, but I’ll bet you even the smallest office has leeway for a little wander. Don’t let the weather get you down!
2. Rewire lazy habits whilst you’re in the office
For some people, the most exercise they’ll get during the working day is getting up to go to the kitchen. But there are small steps that everyone can take to get themselves into healthier habits, and you’d be surprised how little time it takes to form a new habit too.
It’s an age old recommendation but taking the stairs is the simplest way to whack up the counts on that pedometer, as well as smaller changes like standing up when you make a phonecall, walking to speak to a colleague instead of sending an email, or even recommending stand-up team meetings with your line manager. Every little helps.
3. Find a different route to work
If you’re one of those people who are lucky to get time to make a coffee let alone a break, maybe rethink the way you commute. Cycling to work is hugely popular in Sheffield, but even parking a little further away or getting off the bus a stop early can have a positive effect on your health. Small changes = big results!
4. Take your lunch break to the next level
If you and your team sign up to do the Westfield Health Walking Lunch Challenge in May and find that you absolutely love it, why not take it one step further and organise a daily or weekly walking club to encourage co workers to do the same.
Not only will you reap the benefits both physically and mentally, but you’ll meet new people and improve relationships with your co workers, too.
5. Team sports
“But I’ve not got enough hours in the day as it is?!” I hear some of you cry…
Remember just how much fun football, rounders, netball and other team sports were in school?
Establishing healthy habits shouldn’t be exclusive to the working day. It’s common for large companies to have 5 a side football tournaments etc for staff, and there’s a good reason why!
Out of hours sports teams are a great way to make new friends from other departments and they are usually easier to drum up motivation for than going to the gym as you’re part of a team.
I hope this post has highlighted just some of the small steps we all can take, EVEN when it feels the world doesn’t want us to!
Take care everyone, and have a great week.