Employee Wellness Blog

Here's Why You Want Your Employees to Move More

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Thu, May 25, 2017

Movement is essential. Our bodies were made to move, not sit all day! That is why regular physical activity is a fundamental aspect of a healthy lifestyle. It helps keep weight in check, reduce the risk of many life-threatening diseases, and boosts overall happiness and wellbeing.

If you want a healthy workforce, encouraging physical activity is a necessity. Some of your employees might go to the gym after work, but the sad truth is, if they spend eight hours of the day sitting at their desk, they’re still not moving enough to receive the health benefits of exercise. With most Americans living a sedentary lifestyle, it’s no shock that many of your employees aren’t exercising enough. 

Working full-time makes physical activity difficult for your employees – but it doesn’t have to be this way! By making some simple changes around the office, promoting healthy habits, and creating an active design for your workplace, you can make a difference that will not only improve your employees’ work performance, but improve their lives as well. 

Read on to learn how regular physical activity will positively affect both your employees’ health and their work performance:

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10 Fool-Proof Ways to Keep Yourself Motivated to Stay Fit

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Mon, May 22, 2017

If you recently started the journey towards an active lifestyle, congrats! You’re on your way to a healthier, happier life. The tricky part about starting a new fitness routine is that the “finish line” can seem a little too far sometimes. We’ll admit, sticking with a fitness routine is hard. But the results make it so worth it.

In order to achieve and see those results, you need to stay motivated – which can be more difficult than it sounds! If you’ve started new fitness routines before, but it’s just never been able to stick, try out these 10 fool-proof ways to keep yourself motivated:

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Sedentary Lifestyle VS. Active Lifestyle [Infographic]

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Thu, May 18, 2017

Although more and more research has been showcasing the detrimental effects of a sedentary lifestyle, people still aren’t budging. In fact, a sedentary lifestyle (also known as the “sitting disease”) has been said to be worse than smoking cigarettes. An article by The Active Times states that “sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV, and is more treacherous than parachuting.”

To summarize, a sedentary lifestyle is lethal. It substantially increases the risk of many diseases, is strongly linked to obesity, and shortens lifespans. Despite this, many adults are still leading sedentary lifestyles. According to Mayo Clinic, 50-70% of people sit at least six hours per day, and 20-35% of people spend over four hours every day watching TV.

Even more frightening, statistics gathered by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services reveal that only one in three adults achieve the recommended amount of physical activity each week, and more than 80% of adults do not meet the guidelines for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities.

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Stay Active While Enjoying Vacation With These 6 Tips

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Mon, May 15, 2017

Ah, summer vacation. We fantasize about it all winter long, and we count down the days until we pack up and finally hit the road. Sitting on a beach with a drink in your hand is a great way to pamper yourself, unwind, and recharge. Whether you’re traveling abroad to sightsee or relaxing on a tropical island, one thing about vacations is certain: routines get thrown out the window – especially fitness routines!

While we’re all for an enjoyable, relaxing break from the real world, we believe a fun vacation doesn’t have to ruin your health and fitness progress you’ve worked so hard for. Try out some of these ideas to keep yourself active while vacationing or traveling:

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5 Simple Life Hacks to Make Time for Exercise

Posted by Jamie Bell on Thu, May 11, 2017

“I don’t have time” is the go-to excuse for skipping the gym. Work, family, and social commitments make it difficult to incorporate a workout routine into your everyday life, but it's definitely not impossible! The thing about exercise is that it doesn't have to be an hour of cardio at the gym or completing a triathlon. Exercise can be any activity that increases your heart rate and gets you to sit less and move more

When time is of the essence, the easiest strategy is to break down daily exercise into short, frequent stints throughout the day. Even 10 minutes, 2 to 3 times a day, can be enough to achieve the significant health benefits of physical activity. Once you’ve broken down your daily workout into easy, achievable time slots, you’ve opened up a world of exercise that doesn’t include an hour of cardio.

Here are 5 simple life hacks to help you make time for exercise on a hectic day:

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Transform Your Walk into a Full-Body Workout

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Mon, May 08, 2017

Walking is incredible exercise. It’s effective, free, and can be done practically anywhere. Walking is also an enjoyable form exercise because it can be social and stress-relieving. Regular walkers reduce their risks for cardiovascular disease and obesity, and enjoy other health benefits like stronger bones and muscles and improved moods.

If you like walking but are looking to burn more calories, tone muscle, or just intensify your walking routine, try out some of these suggestions to transform your walk into a full-body workout:

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7 Stress-Relieving Exercises for an Instant Pick-Me-Up

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Thu, May 04, 2017

Everyone gets stressed out. It’s a normal part of life – but that doesn’t mean you should just deal with it! There are many techniques, activities, and therapies that can help relieve stress, but exercise just might be the most beneficial way to naturally reduce stress.

Why? Physical activity reduces cortisol levels (your body’s stress hormone). Getting active and breaking a sweat causes your body to produce endorphins, which help your body and mind relax. You can expect better sleep, a clear mind, and an improved mood thanks to a stress-relieving workout session.

While any exercise will naturally reduce stress, we want to share with you seven exercise activities that specifically act to connect mind and body – promoting an instant feeling of calmness and wellbeing. These physical activities provide a good workout for your body while also being relaxing and therapeutic.

Try out one of these stress-relieving exercises the next time you need an instant pick-me-up:

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How to Prevent Sore Muscles after a Workout

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Mon, May 01, 2017

Finishing that last rep and walking out of the gym is truly the best feeling. You’re buzzing with endorphins, feeling energized, and ready to take on the world! But, about 12 to 24 hours later, sore and stiff muscles begin to put a damper on your day.

If you’re like most people, getting sore is the worst part about exercise. It causes pain and discomfort that can distract you throughout the day. It might also make your next gym visit sound a bit too unpleasant to follow through with. Luckily, soreness from working out can be prevented. It just takes a little bit of knowledge and a few extra steps in your workout routine to keep your muscles feeling good and ready for your next gym session.

Keep reading to learn how to prevent sore muscles from exercise and how to help soothe already sore muscles:

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How Much Should You Be Exercising?

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Thu, Apr 27, 2017

You know you should regularly exercise to live a long, healthy life. But how much should you be exercising, and how often? You can find a lot of information about exercise from the web or from your friends, but a lot of the time, most of that information is conflicting. Should you be working out for an hour a day or 30 minutes a day? And what about those commercials that claim their equipment will get you in shape after only 15 minutes a day?

The truth is, how much you should be exercising really depends on your fitness goals. Are you just looking to be healthy? Do you want to lose weight? Are you trying to gain muscle? The first step in determining how much you should be exercising is by setting a goal and starting at your own pace to get into the groove of things.

To make it easier for you, here is a general guideline of how much you should be exercising. Of course, these are just general rules for most adults without any health conditions. You should always check with your doctor first before determining a fitness routine that is right for you.

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Exercise for Better Brain and Mental Health

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Mon, Apr 24, 2017

We all know that exercise can transform your body and physical appearance. It lowers blood pressure, melts off excessive pounds, and builds muscle. But did you know that regular exercise also improves your brain function and mental health? 

As we get older, our brains begin losing neurons and eventually our brain tissue starts shrinking. Physical activity can help combat the effects of an aging brain and keep it sharper longer. As for mental and emotional health, exercise releases certain chemicals in your brain that help boost feelings of happiness and wellbeing.

While there are many reasons to regularly exercise and live an active lifestyle, the positive effects that exercise has on the brain and mental health might just be enough reason to get up and get moving today. Read on to learn just how beneficial exercise is to your brain and mental health:

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