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You may have heard of workplace wellness programs and all of the perks that companies offer their employees to help them stay healthy and present. But maybe, for one reason or another, you’ve never really explored what your company has. Even though employee health is good for your company, the focus is YOU so why not take advantage of it all? Here are three benefits you won’t want to miss out on.

Youthful energy: The carefree spirits and good health associated with young adults can be yours too when you take advantage of all the benefits your wellness program has to offer! These programs typically include benefits that are tailored towards helping you to greater physical health — whether that is giving you free fitness classes, getting you a standing desk, or encouraging noontime walks. Being more active through these activities reduces your risk of a whole sleuth of preventable diseases, like obesity and heart disease! These little fitness-y breaks also help you have higher energy levels, a better mood, and less muscle stress. Really, who can say they wouldn’t like to be more healthy?

Organized fun: That being said, sometimes becoming more healthy is hard. Whether it’s to lose that holiday weight or swim a mile, having others support you as you strive towards your goals increases your likelihood of achieving them. Your coworker might be trying to accomplish the same goal, so you can train together and share tips!

Employee health and wellness programs also help you have a greater sense of community at work through team-bonding (or competitive) activities. Think a friendly baseball game with your coworkers vs employees from a different department, a golf outing with the CEOs, or a whole-company charity walk. It’s always fun to make more friends at work, especially through interesting wellness activities.

Unused cash: Even if you’re generally healthy, it would be silly to not use resources already given to you at free or very discounted rates – and you definitely don’t want to spend money on something that you could get for free. My dad has worked at his company for around 10 years and just found out a year ago that he’s been getting a free gym membership with his employment this whole time 😛 .

Besides saving money through free fitness passes, you might be able to save cash in other ways. At some companies, joining a wellness program will make your health insurance premium less expensive or give you free health services. Ask your company to see what you get!

Employees nowadays often spend their 8-hour days sitting slumped at their desk staring at a computer screen, but you don’t have to be one of those people if you partake in some wellness on the job. A healthier you is a happier you and maybe a more productive, likely-to-be promoted you!

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You may have heard of workplace wellness programs and all of the perks that companies offer their employees to help them stay healthy and present. But maybe, for one reason or another, you’ve never really explored what your company has. Even though employee health is good for your company, the focus is YOU so why not take advantage of it all? Here are three benefits you won’t want to miss out on.

Youthful energyThe carefree spirits and good health associated with young adults can be yours too when you take advantage of all the benefits your wellness program has to offer! These programs typically include benefits that are tailored towards helping you to greater physical health — whether that is giving you free fitness classes, getting you a standing desk, or encouraging noontime walks. Being more active through these activities reduces your risk of a whole sleuth of preventable diseases, like…

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stk134391rkeBack pains, eye strain, wrist problems…the modern work environment has a whole host of health issues built into it. Without having the right office setup, you can find yourself suffering from aches and pains that can make the workplace feel unbearable. The wrong setup can cause stress, aching and physical pains that may lead to irritation and even serious health issues. The good news? A lot of these issues can be fixed simply, easily and without much effort at all.

Office ergonomics is the focus on how to make your work space more efficient, by changing the physical aspects that may be holding you back. Here are some basic changes you can make to ensure a more productive workday and less at home pains.

Your Wrists

People have funny ways of holding the mouse and even stranger ways of typing. There’s nothing wrong with being unique, but improper form can cause wrist pains and even carpal tunnel. Try keeping your wrists and forearms straight while typing and keep your wrist slightly elevated while using the mouse, so it isn’t angled. If possible, consider buying a mouse with a wrist rest.

Your Back

I’m sure your mother at some point told you to sit up straight. Throughout a long work day it may be difficult, but good posture is key to keeping your back healthy. If you are able to, adjust your chair so you are sitting with your back straight, your legs 90 degrees and your feet flat on the floor. This will help with back pains, feet pains and even keeping you more alert and active.

Your Eyes

Eye strain can become a major issue, especially if you are spending your entire day at your desk. Make sure your screen is about 20-30 inches from your face and you are facing directly forward towards it. If need be, adjust the brightness of the screen, as well as the contrast. There are certain software programs that can help with adjusting your screen for the time of day, which can be very effective with reducing the strain on your eyes.

Remember, strange and awkward angles may feel good for a few minutes, but in the long run, they may cause health issues. If you’re feeling restless, stand up every once in a while and move around a bit. Stretch and relax; then sit back down with your back straight, wrists straight and head facing forward. These tips may seem pretty simple, but they could be the difference between a productive day at work and a rough day with serious pains.

© 2014 Tiffiny Marinelli, Energy in Motion
 

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stk134391rkeIn today’s digitally driven world, many of us spend our workdays sitting at a desk, working on a computer. The hazards of sitting too much have now been established by scientific research, and these studies are starting to make headlines. Surprisingly, it’s been found that sitting too much even takes a toll on people who exercise on a regular basis.

Fewer than 20 percent of jobs involve physical exertion, which means that most employees spend eight hours a day or longer in a chair. So the danger of inactivity is difficult to avoid—and is exacerbated by following a desk-bound day with a sedentary evening of watching television, playing video games or sitting around a dinner table, talking.

We sit a lot: at work, in the car, at meetings and on the couch. This translates into a lot more sitting than moving. Sustained sitting contributes to the risk of metabolic syndrome, heart attack and stroke, among other health problems.

So how do you prevent the damaging effects of sitting too much? Here are some great tips to get you up and moving:

Stand! Make it a habit to stand up during your workday. For example, every time the phone rings, stand up to answer it. Research shows that just by standing periodically, you can significantly better your health. Plus you will feel more alert, focused and energized.

Take stretch breaks. Get together with other colleagues and have regular stretch breaks. Both your body and mind will benefit from improved circulation.

Take regular walks. Make it part of your work schedule to get up every hour and walk for 5 minutes. In an eight-hour day, this translates to 40 minutes and a great calorie burn.

Attend workplace fitness classes. Encourage your company to hire a fitness consultant to get everyone on their feet. (And make sure you note that one of the benefits of fitness will be greater productivity and fewer employee absences!) Many fitness groups offer after-hour classes. It’s a convenient and effective way to get in some exercise, helps keep employees fit, and is an affordable way to keep employer health costs down.

Tiffiny Marinelli is the president of Energy in Motion LLC, which provides convenient and affordable workplace exercise classes for employees. For more information on bringing fitness classes to your workplace, visit einmotion.com, email Info@einmotion.com or call 973-983-9554.

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Ever wonder where that Saturday morning class you can’t live without originated? Yoga is more than mastering postures and increasing your flexibility and strength. You may know a few fun facts about the practice of yoga, but check out this infographic to get the low down on the origins of that downward-facing dog.

The Evolution of Yoga

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Whether you’re looking to loose weight, reduce stress, strengthen your body, or get in overall shape, we offer exercise programs to help reach your goal! Our new client in Wayne, NJ is offering 3 exercise classes to choose from. Contact Energy in Motion LLC at info@einmotion.com with any questions. You can also find us on Facebook.

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