A few months into 2016 and we’re willing to bet those New Year’s fitness goals have taken a backseat to real life. It can be difficult to get back on track between work, errands, and a full night’s sleep (yeah, right!) but the fact is, spending 8 hours a day at work without squeezing in some physical activity is unhealthy for the mind and the body.
Here at BRW, we make a point to keep active. Our employees join in on group yoga, lunch workout sessions, sit on exercise balls, or ride their bikes to work – anything that fits some workout time into our busy schedules.
“When work ends, going to the gym is the last thing you feel like doing,” said Micah Schneider, who laces up his high-top Converse for basketball during the work week. “I try to do something fun instead of just focusing on gym time and in the end I’m always happy I missed rush hour traffic.”
BRW is also working to make the office itself a healthier environment. We added standing tables around the office to encourage meetings on-the-go without having to take up space (and seats!) in our conference rooms. We installed new task lighting that is easier on the eyes than standard fluorescent lighting. Future improvements to the office include additional collaboration areas that promote movement and make sitting optional.
“We actually want to encourage everyone to get up from their desks throughout the day,” says Chris Sano, AIA, LEED AP BD+C in our Dallas office. “Just standing up for a minute or two to get your body moving helps immensely.” And getting up can have major benefits – just 30 minutes of moderate activity at least five times a week can lower the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
Today is National Walk at Lunch Day, an event created to improve personal health by encouraging employees to take a short walk during their lunch hour. Our Dallas office is located near the Katy Trail – a perfect location to join the dog-walkers and joggers for a lunchtime stroll – but not every office is so lucky! No matter where your office is located, today is a great excuse to walk around the block, take the stairs instead of the elevator, or park further than usual. A little change can go a long way!