The workplace is where we spend the majority of our waking hours.
If you are looking for a few easy ways to encourage a healthy lifestyle in your coworkers (and yourself), help them where they spend most of their time.
Here are 5 manageable ways to encourage healthy living to work.
1. In the Kitchen
Ah, the kitchen. A place where people often drop off leftover cake from a kid’s birthday party, or donuts from that early morning meeting.
Taking control of what food your company provides will make a big difference. If you cater for meetings, try to minimize carbs like bread and pasta, and be sure to order extra veggies and fruit.
Also, consider celebrating employee’s birthdays once a month to cut down on having a cake every week. Cupcakes are a great way to help with portion control.
As your company strives to help promote healthy lifestyles, employees will start to learn the kitchen may not be a welcome area to drop off their junk food.
2. Vending Machine
If your office has vending machines take a look to see what the options are. Are the snacks offered coated in salt or covered in sugar?
Help be a voice of change and recommend healthier options that won’t ruin your calorie intake for the day. Granola bars, trail mix, light popcorn, or baked chips are great options instead of candy and soda.
3. Infused Water
We all know water is the best thing to drink throughout the day but some co-workers get bored with plain water. Change things up a bit by offering fresh fruits to add a healthy natural flavor!
Lemons, limes, and cucumbers are popular choices. Add strawberries, oranges, mint leaves or watermelon for an extra kick. Add one or a combination to keep it interesting.
4. Flash Walks
A 15-minute “flash walk” is a great way to step away from the computer screen, gather some co-workers together and get your heart rate up.
Walk outside if it’s a gorgeous day (or inside around your building if it’s cold and rainy). This is a great time to catch up with co-workers and get active.
Set a timer if you are pressed for time, but if you can walk for longer, go for it!
5. Corporate Events
Get your team active and organize a corporate group event. Whether it’s a softball league, group yoga classes, a Fun Run or a 5k (Hey, if your team is up for it, go for a half or full marathon together!).
You can train together or on your own time, but keep each other accountable and encourage the team to stay on track. Not only is this an awesome way to be active, but it doubles as a great team building event!
Making these changes can have a positive impact on your coworkers. The key here is not to force your employees to be healthy, but to help make it easier for them to stick with the goals they make for themselves. A little encouragement can go a long way!
How does your company promote wellness in the workplace? Let us know in the comments below!