It’s widely known that “physical activity or exercise can improve your health and reduce the risk of developing several diseases like type 2 diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease” (Better Health Channel), but sometimes with our packed schedules, we fail to keep active.
Here are four tips we’d like to share about looking after yourself, and your team.
We’ve found that if we talk about what we’re doing and hearing from others about how they’re trying to keep active, it has a positive flow on effect.
If we’re planning on a run or walk after work, we let others know because it may motivate someone else to do the same.
Something that’s worked well for us is scheduling in our exercise sessions. Even if you aren’t able to keep to the exact time you wanted to do some exercise, you are more likely to stick to your plan if you’ve put it in your calendar.
At various times of the year there’s a need to put in extra hours but we’re great believers in not making a habit out of really long work days. There is always something you could be doing but it’s important to enjoy time away from work too.
It’s important to keep an eye on your team and ensure they are not getting overloaded or perhaps doing extra outside of hours to keep up.
Anyone who has been to our office may like to challenge this one as we do love our pastries, but we try to balance our sweet tooth cravings with lots of high quality savoury foods. Fresh vegetables and lean protein are our mainstay and we try to bring in leftover meals to the office. As a team, we exchange recipes, and, as with fitness, we talk about food as it helps you to think more about what you’re eating and if you need to make some improvements.