Bessie Neshan, an IFPA Certified Personal Trainer, will help you achieve optimum health in the workplace whether you’re an employer, employee, work in an office or work from home. This video teaches you how to start out with a fitness program at w...
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Physical Fitness at the Workplace - Starting a Fitness Program at Work Research studies have proven that employees that exercise before or during their workday experience numerous benefits, more energy, improved work performance, better time management and improved working morale. Exercise also was shown to positively affect employee’s moods, helping employees to be more tolerant of each other and work better together. Not to mention health care cost decrease when employees regularly exercise at work. Note just some of the following company statistics regarding employees who exercise during their workday versus non-exercisers. Here we go, 80% fewer sick days and 1.9 million saved in rehabilitation cost, medical claims decreased by 27% while non-exercisers claims increase 17%. Productivity increase 12.5% as well as concentration and decision making is enhanced. Annual turnover ratio 1.8% for exercisers compared to 18% for non-exercisers. The bottom line, physical fitness in the workplace improves productivity from many angles, tangible and intangible. It only makes sense then since so much time is spent at the work place. Why not maximize the time spent also improve your well being. Yet if you haven’t started an exercise program at the workplace, how can it be done? Well it’s first important to understand that health changes are specific to the system you’re training. There are three essential components of physical fitness. That’s cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength and flexibility. Cardio or aerobic training develops the heart, lungs and blood vessels. Muscular strength or strength training builds lean muscle tissue, stronger bones and increases metabolism. Flexibility improves the range of motion of the joints which improves overall physical performance and reduces the risk of injury. All three components along with proper nutrition contribute to optimum health. If you’re just starting out, begin slowly and don’t over do it. Choose moderate intense activities that you enjoy the most. Gradually build up the duration and the frequency or the intensity of the activity to reap further results. Perhaps your workplace provides a wellness and fitness center on the premises, offer cardio equipment or aerobic classes and strength-training machines or free weights, or programs like flexibility classes such as pilates and yoga. Perhaps outside of your facility an outside track or trails available for walking and running or jogging. I strongly encourage you to utilize these amenities. Your employer in essence is investing in your long-term health by providing these services. However, perhaps you don’t have these services available to you, what can you do during your workday? First, be sure to always have comfortable clothing, walking or running shoes in your car or office. This way you’re always prepared. At best park your car further away than you usually do and take the stairs instead of the elevator or the escalator. Every little bit helps. But in regards to specific aerobic training on your lunch hour, something as easy walking or jogging outside in the parking lot or adjacent streets can be beneficial. Now if that’s not an option, driving to a nearby park or school track is a viable alternative, of course weather permitting. In bad weather another option is simply walking up and down the stairs for an extended period of time. Don’t be embarrassed. Encourage your co-workers to do the same. They’ll benefit just as well. Worst case scenario, throw in like a CD player or an iPod and get in the zone, you heart will thank you later. In regards to flexibility training, certainly the stretching exercise discussed in the previous segment will help you become more flexible. I covered an extensive head to toe sectional progression set of exercises that can be done throughout your workday. Please review that segment again for direction. Now what can be done in regards to strength training again in the event that a fitness center with s

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