Tagged as Workplace Wellness

Today it is common to have a job that involves sitting at a desk for eight hours a day. And usually we would feel good if we hit the gym a few times a week, or managed to squeeze in a hike on a weekend. However, one major lesson that has come out of research on sedentary behavior is that exercising before or after work—although great to do – does not undo the harm done by sitting all day. Long periods...
Ongoing research proving the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle has raised awareness that sitting too many hours regularly can adversely influence health and longevity. Dr. James Levine, M.D., PhD., is an endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic. He is also a research professor determined to reduce the epidemic of obesity and the diseases it causes in the United States. Dr. Levine's position is that humans...
We all know people, either in the public eye or personally, who just “succeed.” They may come from difficult backgrounds and have fought an uphill battle to get to where they are now. Somehow they have this mysterious quality, some intangible way about them that seems to just catapult them into success in unexpected ways. I have studied many successful people through my work over the years and I have...
Illustration Credit: Karley Koenig,  -Thrive Market - Stress is a natural part of most jobs—a little stress can motivate us to finish projects on time and come up with new ideas, but when the pressure becomes too great, it can take a serious toll on workers' health. Good news, though. You don't need to pop a Xanax to escape the anxiety from your job.  The answer is far more simple—just get a little...
This year I made a huge career switch. Up until this change of pace, I’ve primarily worked in restaurants: everything from counter-food style to fine dining to the art form that is modern sushi. While shifting gears to a more career-driven workplace has been new and exciting, I couldn’t help but recognize what types of unhealthy habits are prevalent in office settings. The Office Diet - The cliche...
Photo Credit: Steven Mileham via Flickr - Typical office workers spend as much as- 75 percent -of their day in a chair. Think about it: You sit in your car to drive to work, you sit at your desk, you sit in meetings, you sit at lunch, and you probably sit in front of the TV when you come home. Depressing, right? - Even if you hit the gym after work, an hour or so of exertion might not be enough to...
The vast majority of us spend hours at a desk in front of a computer every day. Even after the workday is complete, many of us go on to sit more while in a car, bus, or the subway and then again at the dinner table, and in front of the television. Even if we take time out of our busy day to engage in physical activity such as walking, biking, running or weight training, the proportion of this time...
Human beings were not designed to sit for extended periods of time. Most people who work in a corporate setting suffer from poor posture and stiff and creaky joints. To correct poor posture and bring much needed lubrication to stiff joints, the corporate employee must practice a routine of joint mobility exercises. A perfect example of joint immobility is trying to turn one’s head to see the blind...
Workplace Wellness programs have the proven ability to lower healthcare costs, reduce disability claims and lower absenteeism dramatically. Workplace Wellness programs do far more than just “pay for themselves,” they also generate big savings to the bottom line. Small business should be aware that it has been proven that these programs have a dynamic effect on the bottom line, regardless of the company’s...
Approaching 43 years of age and still putting in 12+ hours a day on the computer, I wanted to know if computer glasses would help reduce my eye strain and eye fatigue making the long days a little easier. My chief complaint was predominantly eye strain from the monitor glare. When I turn the monitor’s brightness down to where the glare isn’t bothersome, I can work longer, but the vividness of the colors,...