Celebrating National Wellness
Every August, National Wellness Month focuses on promoting self-care, managing stress and maintaining healthy routines. Having a work culture centered around wellness is critical: employees are much less productive and more likely to miss work if they are frequently sick or under the weather.
Eating right, exercising and getting enough sleep are certainly important in leading healthy lifestyles. According to the World Health Organization, prevalence of obesity nearly tripled between 1975 and 2016 thanks to the rise of processed foods high in fat combined with a more sedentary lifestyle. Providing employees with opportunities to eat healthy lunches in a corporate cafeteria, offering healthy meals at company sponsored events, and stocking vending machines with high protein, low fat snacks are some ways to support a healthy working environment.
Another way to foster a healthy corporate culture is simply by encouraging employees to get up from their desks and move around in between meetings and projects. Encourage employees to take a ten minute break to walk around the block in the nice weather, organize group walks during lunch or corporate events like a fun-run, and even providing employees the option to have standing desks are simple steps that businesses can take to promote overall wellness in the workplace, that won’t come at a large cost.
Although a balanced diet and physical activity are crucial to leading a healthy lifestyle, mental health also plays a significant role in overall health. The modern workplace is very fast-paced, and it’s important for employees to take care of themselves not only physically but also mentally in order to perform their best. Employees should be taking full advantage of their vacation time in order to step back from work and recharge.
What are other ways businesses can promote healthier lifestyles? Here are some popular products your company’s reward and incentive program can offer to show your employees you care about their overall health and well-being.
Bowflex Max Trainer 6
Challenge yourself with 16 different levels of resistance with the Max Trainer M6 from Bowflex. Set personalized targets, customize your workouts and receive in-depth analyses after every session with the Max Intelligence App. With workouts designed to target your whole body, the Max Trainer provides quick but effective workouts that engage all the right muscles.
Gaiam USB Aromatherapy Diffuser
With the Gaiam Relax USB Aromatherapy Diffuser, bring the benefits of relaxing aromatherapy everywhere you go. Featuring a quick and easy setup, this diffuser is ideal for use in your home, office or car. Use this diffuser with your favorite essential oil fragrances, like the Gaiam 4-pack essential oils set, for the ultimate relaxation experience to put the worries of the day aside.
Stay motivated and have around-the-clock monitoring with the Motiv Ring. Featuring a lightweight, solid titanium, waterproof construction and Bluetooth connectivity for smart synching, the Motiv Ring monitors heart rate, calories burned, steps, active minutes, distance and sleep duration. Its sleek and subtle design will match any outfit, so say hello to your new favorite daily accessory.
Gaiam Total Body Resistance Kit
The Fila Total Body Resistance Kit from Gaiam is the perfect way to fit in quick workouts, no matter how busy your schedule is! This kit features interchangeable latex resistance tubing, ankle straps, soft grip handles and a mesh carry bag, so you’ll be able to work out in the comfort of your home or while on the go.
This annual wellness recognition day help to highlight how companies can create healthy office cultures and improve employee well-being. While it’s important to have a strategy in place, employee wellness doesn’t have to be hard or expensive to implement, so consider adding this corporate initiative to help create a healthier tomorrow for your employees.