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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Health Risks of Sitting

Juliet Rodman, our co-founder and Chief Wellness Officer, often reminds us that "sitting is the new smoking." All those long hours at our desks without moving can be seriously unhealthy. A recent study found that it may only take a few minutes of movement each hour to reduce those health risks, so get up!

All WCS employees have motorized sit/stand desks that can be adjusted up or down. But even before we had this fancy equipment, people found ways to stand while working. Walking meetings were popular, of course, but I also remember seeing cardboard boxes and reams of copy paper propped under monitors and keyboards. Sometimes you have to get creative!

If you've been sitting for too long and need a break, check out Dr. Frank Lipman's "Desk Dweller's Repair Plan". He recommends several great stretches that can help ease tension and pain.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The History of Exercise, Colorized!

The fitness craze that exists today might feel like a modern development, but the concept of physical fitness goes back centuries. From athletic training sessions, to casual games of football on the lawn, to strict P.E. classes in school, we’ve been exercising in a similar fashion for longer than most of us realize.

We looked back at old-timey, black & white, fitness photos from the Library of Congress and had them colorized to highlight what’s changed and what’s stayed the same!

1. "Exercise tests would give way to broad physical education under the new approach to fitness in our schools" (c. 1962)

2. "Schoolboys exercising, Washington, D.C." (c. 1899)

3. "Female student exercising with a wall-mounted device using ropes and pulleys, Western High School, Washington, D.C." (c. 1899)

4. Female students exercising with bowling pins, Western High School, Washington, D.C. (c.1899)

5. "Daniel Field, Georgia. Air Service Command. A weight-lifting class, part of the voluntary physical program" (c. 1943)

6. "Girls in house gym" (c. 1920)

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Health Systems Adopting New Strategies to Deliver Care

Stuart Sutley at Total Health Management has written a great piece (PDF) on how some health systems are beginning to adopt "retail" strategies. It's an interesting take on the future of our health care system, so be sure to check it out!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

5 Tips for Packing the Perfect Healthy Lunch for Work

Good nutrition is essential if you want lasting energy, a trimmer waistline, and better overall health, but many people believe that eating healthy is too much work. By the time your daily lunch break rolls around, it can seem easier to hit up the nearest burger joint for a quick and easy meal. However, taking a homemade lunch to work can help you cut calories, get the nutrients that your body needs and even keep your spending habits in check. When it comes to creating a healthy lunch for work, try implementing these tips.

1. Plan Ahead

Grabbing some fast food from the drive thru takes very little planning or preparation, but you can set yourself up for success with your diet if you set aside time to plan for the day or week ahead. There are several things that you can do to prepare healthy lunches for your work days, including the following:

  •        Dedicate one evening for food preparation for the entire week
  •        Double the amount you make for dinner so you have leftovers the next day
  •        Stock up on the basics for grab-and-go options

Dedicating a little extra time each week to your meal planning can simplify the process so that you don't have to scramble to pull things together each morning before work.

2. Keep it Simple

Just because you are eating healthy doesn't mean that you have to spend hours in the kitchen. Wholesome lunches can be simple and still be delicious. Aim to include one source of protein and one or two sources of carbohydrates in your meal and you should be good to go.

3. Add in Variety

Eating the same foods day in and day out can lead to burnout and unhealthy food choices. When you pack a healthy lunch for work, remember to change it up every once in a while. Be adventurous and try new fruits or vegetables to avoid getting stuck in a rut.

4. Partner Up

If your whole office likes to go out for lunch together, find at least one other person who can commit to bringing a healthy lunch from home along with you. This can give you extra motivation and keep you from feeling left out.

5. Stock Your Desk

Don't forget to have the essentials on hand. If you pack a salad but forget to bring a fork, it may prove challenging to eat your lunch. Keep spare utensils, spices, and snacks on hand for a comfortable eating spot.

As you attempt to improve your diet, packing a healthy lunch for work can be the key to your success. Try out some of these tips for better mindful eating in the workplace.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The Best Healthy Eating Hacks From Those Who Know Best

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Treadmill Desk Etiquette 101

Recent studies have found that the average American spends up to eight hours a day sitting. In a traditional workplace environment, many employees spend a good portion of their time at desks in front of a computer. In an attempt to combat what is being called "sitting disease," some workers are choosing to utilize desks that allow them to remain active while working at the same time. In many offices, a treadmill desk is the perfect solution, allowing associates to get out of their chairs for improved fitness and workplace wellness.

Those interested in using a treadmill desk may wonder how the devices fit in in a typical work environment. There is etiquette that users should consider in order to make everyone comfortable with a new setup.

Holding Conversations With Coworkers

When approached while walking, there are several options to consider employing, including the following:

·       Continue walking while carrying on a quick conversation or answering a question
·       Step onto the platforms on either side of the belt for a slightly longer discussion
·       Stop the belt completely while remaining standing at the desk
·       Stop the belt and step off to give full attention to the coworker

It may make some fellow employees uncomfortable to hold discussions while walking on the treadmill, so it is important to communicate preferences with individual co-workers to avoid issues. In general, the length and topic of a conversation should dictate whether or not it is appropriate to continue walking.

Preventing Excess Sweating

While walking at a treadmill desk, it is natural for body temperatures to rise. As a result, some people may begin to sweat. This can be prevented by using a small fan that produces enough of a breeze to stay cool while walking at a slow pace.

Making a Phone Call While Walking

Holding a phone while on a treadmill can be a challenge. A headset is a better option, as it allows for hands-free talking and walking at the same time. Some experts have found that phone calls are actually more productive when the employee is moving at a slow pace, since users are less likely to stumble over words or fill gaps with unnecessary speaking.

Reducing Treadmill Noise

The installation of a treadmill desk should not impact the productivity of fellow employees. Keeping the machine well-lubricated should keep friction sounds at bay, but it may also be beneficial to mount sound-absorbing foam panels on office walls to prevent noise from bothering other people.

Spending long stretches of time sitting can be bad for overall fitness, but getting out of your chair periodically to stretch, stand, or even walk on a treadmill can be great for both workplace wellness and productivity.