Over about 30% of America makes a New Year’s resolution to exercise more or to eat healthier. Statistically, America’s dedication to said resolution(s) fades by the second week in February. But wellness is not just a once-a-year thing. Wellness needs to be embraced into our lifestyle.
“You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily.
The secret to your success is found in your daily routine.”
Personally, I’ve found those words to be very true. It wasn’t until I started to make little changes, consistently, that I was able to change my mind and my body. So I park at the end of the parking lot so I can get those extra steps, I’ve traded out pasta for zucchini noodles, and crackers and chips for sliced cucumbers. And a Greek yogurt parfait with fresh berries can be really good, in my husband’s words,“I like this as much, if not more, than ice cream.” (there is hope yet).
The harder part is just believing it in our mind. Because honestly, if it’s really hunger you are feeding, your body doesn’t care if it’s pizza or an apple, it will still satisfy the physical need. Getting over the fact that you prefer the pizza, now that’s in your mindset.
You don’t have to have a large company to incorporate a wellness plan of action into your company or your individual lives. Here’s a few ideas:
Corporate Wellness Programs are a much appreciated benefit to employees, it shows you care about them in more than just a work capacity.
Engaging as a group will keep people accountable and the added information and encouragement proves
This 36-pg handbook is a great tool to get you started.
A Walking Club:
Each employee gets this handy Walkers Kit and makes a commitment to walk “X” steps a day. The person with the most steps at the end of the month wins a prize, maybe that’s a cool reflective gadget, a performance hat or nice ear buds. Encourage them to take walking meetings and to get up and move once an hour or take the stairs.
Expand that program all year long and offer tiers of prizes: Get the most steps in 3 months and get a groovy water bottle; or 6 months gets a reflective jacket. The possibilities are endless.
Salad Bar Fridays:
Provide each employee with a salad bowl and have everyone sign up to bring a “salad bar” item once a week or month. Company provides the lettuce/dressing.
Do you have a presentation room that doesn’t get used after hours? You don’t need a yoga instructor, just push the conference table back and put in a DVD. Give your employee a yoga mat and a space to clear their mind for an hour. Most yoga classes are $10+ each, this is a great option to bring a little zen to your staff.
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