Did you make any New Year resolutions? Are they ambitious “stretch targets” to get healthy and work out at the gym every day? Is 2018 the year that you are going to be thinner and in better shape?
Unfortunately, 80% of you will fail to stick by your New Year’s Resolution, and by mid-February, only 20% will be still be committed according to a stat in the US News. According to an article in the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Journal, immediate rewards are more strongly associated with actual persistence to achieve a goal, so long-term goals are hard to keep if there is no instant satisfaction!
In a publication by the Behavioural Science & Policy Association, researchers have found it is easier to establish enduring lifestyle habits by “bundling” a healthy behavior with something that you do already on a regular basis. This can be especially true if you have immediate positive feedback or reward when you are doing the activity. If your favorite part of the day is to have a morning cup of coffee at your desk before everyone gets into the office, then doing something healthy at the same time will have a positive connotation.
To be successful at a resolution, it must be achievable and sustainable. Smaller goals that are repeatable become stepping stones to achieve more difficult goals. If your goal is to walk more, how about a goal to get in 2,000 steps before having that coffee at your desk that you enjoy so much. Or if your goal is to be more focused, how about practicing some mindfulness exercises for 15 to 20 minutes before your coffee. By choosing achievable and sustainable goals that can be “bundled” with things you like to do on a regular basis you can turn that coffee at your desk into a healthy habit.
Being successful at achieving small goals before having coffee at your desk is a great way to start achieving your goals. Have you ever thought about making your entire day in the office healthier? A study by the Division of Preventive Medicine at Harvard Medical School includes compelling information about inactivity in the workplace. Lack of movement increases the risk of heart disease, breast and colon cancers, and type 2 diabetes. How about a new year resolution to integrate movement into your entire day at your desk? Solutions like a Standing or Treadmill Desk, or some Active Sitting Solutions are a great way to encourage passive movement throughout the day.
Now that we are already into 2018 it might be time to re-assess that New Year’s Resolution. With the odds against you succeeding, how about setting a goal allows you to integrate movement into your daily life..
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It is widely known that incorporating wellness practices into your workplace can not only lead to happier and healthier employees, but also more productive employees. This is because when people are healthier, they need fewer sick days and are better able to focus on work while they’re in the office, rather than feeling ill or having chronic aches and pains. All in all, employees feel better and the company saves money. Makes sense, right?
Okay, this information is all well and good (pun intended), but how does a company actually create a culture of wellness at work? What are some practical tips that an organization can implement in order to make wellness a clear priority? To help you get started down the right path, we’ve put together six tips to help you integrate wellness into the workplace today.
What are some of the things that you do to unwind at the end of the day? For many of us, leisure activities like reading or watching a favourite Netflix show spring to mind. You’ve been at the office all day, your brain is feeling tired and you just want to do something relatively mindless to relax. We get it!
The problem here is not with the activities themselves, but there is a problem with the sedentary behaviour that they promote. If you’ve been sitting all day at your desk at work only to come home and sit some more in the evening, those sedentary hours can add up quickly and make a big difference in your overall health.
With that in mind, we’ve put together a few tips and tricks on how to make some of these leisure activities more movement-friendly. This way, when you’re feeling like you need some downtime with one of these pastimes, you can do so guilt-free.
#SelfCareSunday has definitely become a trending sensation on Instagram in recent years, with people all over the Internet posting about spa days and special treatments come the weekend. But who says self-care has to be a massive undertaking, and who says it should happen only one day a week?
Here at Fitneff, we think self-care is important every day of the week. So, for this week’s blog we thought we would put together a weekly schedule of self-care practices that you can do to make sure you’re giving yourself what you need to be at your best. But self-care shouldn’t just be written about – it should be done! So I, your friendly Fitneff marketing coordinator, decided to put the schedule to work last week and I’ll share with you my experience with each activity.