Activities

Wellness Activities to Stay Healthy

The workplace is like a second home for every employee. Creating an on-site wellness program is important because the majority of an employee’s time is spent at the workplace. Statistics from the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention show that an average a healthy individual misses three days every year while an overweight or obese individual misses five days. Not to forget the employee productivity, and the cost to the company. This is precisely why many corporates are adopting ways to look after their work-force. It is also one of the ways to attract talent, create bonding between the employees and decrease the employee turnover.

Good health begins with good food. And what can be better than introducing healthy menu options for the employees in the workplace cafeteria. It is a proven fact that scarcity of time often compels the employee to eat the options available at hand and that usually turns out to be the options from the cafeteria. An in-house company menu which allows the employees to make healthy food choices and not resort to junk eating is an ideal value-add. Moreover, as many company profiles demand travelling, educating the staff about what kind of food selection to make on the go, reading the label can help them immensely.

Empowering the employees with the understanding of healthy balanced diet is a smart way to help them eat mindfully. Nutrition consultations, camps to educate the employees about the various health aspects like portions sizes, essential nutrients, assessing the body composition, workshops to discuss the concerns of the employees, and health assessments would all create an environment of awareness within the organization. Health updates through various newsletters or online updates can be a fun way to educate them too. Outsourcing nutrition experts to design a diet considering the likes, dislikes, allergies, lifestyle, economic status, health conditions, blood parameters, age, gender of the employee can be a tool to motivate employees to look after their health and fitness.

A lot of fun-based wellness activities can also be undertaken by the employer at the workplace. Conducting regular medical check-ups and preventive wellness screenings to diagnose any health conditions on time can be organized. Encouraging employer- sponsored athlete teams is another interesting way to bring employees under a health platform. Measuring the distances in the halls and compounds of the company to set walking goals for the employees can make the employees more active during the day. Many organizations also decide on a theme for the month like ‘no sweets’ month, a ’30 minute walk daily’ month, a ‘low sugar’ month, or a ‘salt-awareness’ month that keeps the excitement going.

Onsite fitness activities like yoga, Zumba, and aerobics can be another step. Research shows that employees who are given these facilities are better at managing stress and can improve their work productivity. Figuring out the rewards for the top achievers not only for the work targets but also for the health goals can further motivate employees to work towards a healthier being.

Occasional absenteeism is inevitable. But habitual absences are the ones that can cost a lot to the employers and compromise on the overall productivity of the company and what better way can there be than introducing health and wellness activities for the employees?

Source by Arati Shah

Healthy Lifestyle: Activities and Benefits

Living a healthy lifestyle is becoming physically fit and observing proper diet. We cannot possibly become healthy just by eating healthy food alone. On the other hand, one cannot also claim living a healthy lifestyle if little or almost no time at all is spent on some physical activities. A healthy lifestyle, therefore, is a good balance of both.

Saudi Arabia, like any other places in the world, is one country in which healthy lifestyle should continuously be encouraged. With people getting busier on their daily tasks, getting physically active and fit is almost or actually forgotten.

Much as you wanted to opt for a proper, nutritious diet to become healthy, you need to be just as serious in engaging into physical activities and workouts.

Mixing Workout and Training Programs

We are all capable of harboring fats inside our body. Inactive lifestyle and improper eating habits result to accumulation of fat in various areas such as thighs, abdomen, buttocks, and arms. Apart from the fat build-up, sedentary living can also cause a number of unwanted health risks such as obesity, diabetes, and even cancer. To give your body a chance to fight these issues, exercise and healthy diet should be regularly practiced.

People might think that there is only one kind of exercise, the sweaty exercise. However, an exercise should be composed of three training programs: cardiovascular training, resistance or strength training, and flexibility. Ideally, an exercise program should include these three workout regime in order to ensure a holistic and balanced workout.

Endurance Workouts

Cardio workouts are also known as endurance training. This type of training is conducted in order to strengthen the heart and lungs. Typically, it involves activities such as swimming, aerobics, walking, and running.

Resistance/ Strength Training

While cardio exercise focuses on the heart and lungs, resistance training is done in order to build up and toughen the muscle tissues. It also helps eliminate body fats stored in the body. Resistance training is synonymous to weight lifting as this type of exercise involves the use of resistance bands, dumbbells, and machines.

Flexibility

Stretching or flexibility training is less arduous than the first two exercise groups. More often, flexibility workout is done after the cardio and resistance training. It helps cool down the muscle and reduce the tension in your body after a hard workout. Activities such as yoga and Pilates are great in developing your body’s flexibility and promoting relaxation.

Reaping the Rewards of Being in Shape

Apart from keeping the body’s functionality and fitness, an active lifestyle and a healthy diet can decrease the possibilities of acquiring health problems such as diabetes, obesity, hypertension, and heart diseases. Moreover, they keep the body in tune through diligent burning of body fats and building of muscles.

Other benefits of incorporating exercise in one’s lifestyle include:

  • Reduce Stress and Depression – Having an active lifestyle reduces the body’s stress levels and eliminates depression. Since endorphins and other opioid peptides increase during workouts, depression and stress are gradually removed and an improvement in mood and self-esteem is observed.
  • Increased Metabolism – Since an active exercise requires energy, the body’s metabolism increases to sustain the needed energy. Also, workouts encourage the burning of excess fats in the body as well as building up of muscle tissues.
  • Improvement in Sleeping Patterns – Continuous exercise and development of a dynamic living habits help in maintaining a favorable sleeping routine. Moreover, it also aids in reducing sleep disorders such as insomnia and broken sleeping patterns.
  • Increase in Brain Functionality – Exercise and constant workout ensure the efficient function of the brain. The constant circulation of oxygen rich-blood in the brain helps reduce brain-bound free radicals and improves cognition and mental awareness.

With all these benefits, who would not want to get active? Don’t worry if you have spent five years of your life being a couch potato. Having an active and healthy lifestyle is never too late if you will start now.

Source by Dr Badr Alshibani