Being a corporate employee can mean many things to many people. To me it means lots of daily hours at a desk, inactive and dealing with both good and bad issues through phone and computer wizardry. As a certified wellcoach, professional fitness trainer and motivational engineer, I feel it is time to step up and address corporate America due to a recent finding from the Cincinnati.com website.
I’m sure by now you’re all very familiar with the push for more activity with corporate employees. This has been a strategical move with many businesses for the past 15-plus years. According to the above article, Macy’s CEO, Terry Lundgren, is on a quest to “lead by example” when it comes to changing the health and well-being of his employees. On a typical day, he will stop the elevator halfway up to his destination, and foot the rest of the journey by way of this old-fashioned mechanism called a stairway. Do you remember these? This may sound marginal, but in the grand scheme of things, he’s reducing his heart disease and diabetes risk on a daily basis, by deploying a very simple strategy. What’s stopping you from doing the same thing? Nothing, that’s what.
Movement is really the underlying key. It doesn’t need to be complicated, it doesn’t need to be difficult, and for all you people who are afraid of breaking a sweat, guess what? It doesn’t have to make you sweat either! Just simply scheduling in five-minute walk breaks or dynamic movement sessions will set you in the right direction. I’m pretty sure you can fit a mere three of these into your day. And after doing some investigative reporting, I found out it takes anywhere from 5-to-15 minutes to smoke a cigarette. The last time I checked, all companies allow these types of breaks across the globe or it would be an injustice to human rights. Well, I don’t think there should be any prejudice toward anyone who wants to actually improve their health through movement either.
Whether it’s walking stairs, whirling Indian clubs, maneuvering an exercise wand or flowing through a series of body weight progressions, all of this can be done right from the comfort of your office. Not only will increased movement lead to better health and a better body, but it also does wonders for cognitive function! You can expect to see results by the end of one single day. Stick with a solid protocol for several months, and I all but guarantee you will have straighter posture, less back pain, more flexibility, less lost work days due to illness, and feel all around happier. Your boss will love you for it (unless you are the boss). You will then be laying the foundation for a healthy workplace and happier workforce altogether. Before you know it, everyone in the office will follow your example and you will be the pied piper of your entire organization.