Community Health – Why You Should Become More Involved


As a busy individual, you may face the challenge of incorporating a varied workout schedule into your daily routines. If you work a full-time job, your duties are often called to the computer or office space where you spend 40 hours each week focusing on the tasks associated with your full-time career.


Additionally, those who have families or significant others may need to spend time focusing on caring for their children or preparing them for school and extracurricular activities. After a long day at work, it’s easy to relax with your spouse and prepare a nice family meal during your after-work hours. For many, adding in additional time after work to be spent at the gym can pose a huge challenge, and can almost seem impossible.


Incorporating a schedule


As the new school year takes full effect in the coming weeks, it’s important that families design a schedule that fits all of their needs. As a busy adult, it’s critical for your health to include time when you can be active and spend time working on your physical fitness. Allowing your body ample time to increase your heart rate, stretch, run, and lift weights can increase your overall well-being. Additionally, it helps to regulate your mood and ability to think clearly while spending time at work.


Consider designing a schedule that includes workouts before you are obligated to taking your children to school or leisurely activities. Become more involved within your community, and collaborate with neighbors about working out. If you live in a community with other active, working adults, it’s a great opportunity to work together to promote wellness within your neighborhood. Designating meet-up times to jog the neighborhood in the morning, or work out at a local park can help to increase the amount of time you are active during the day.


Take Advantage of Work Benefits


If you work at an office job, ask your employer if they allow for reduced price gym memberships among their employees. Many employers lack in this area, but initiating the idea might spark an idea that could benefit you, as well as your co-workers.


Is there a local gym in your area? Ask your employer if they would be willing to set aside time from work for employees to spend an allotted amount of time working out together. Not only would this promote wellness within your workplace, but it would increase team bonding and a sense of team unity among those you work with.


The Reality


On average, eighty percent of American workers do not get the recommended amount of time spent working out, as suggested. Time spent working out and regulating a healthy body can lead to a reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, and other things such as anxiety, and depression. Overall, most are aware of the many positive benefits associated with working out while working a full time position, but do not act upon it simply because they are too busy.


What Can You Do?


As previously mentioned, set a schedule for this coming fall and stick to it. In your schedule, set a small amount of time each day where you can designate your time to becoming more active and fit. Additionally, ensure you are eating the proper foods, and avoiding sugary and fatty foods that can alter the positive effects of working out.


Additionally, encourage your employer to set regulations or guidelines for health standards within your company. Suggest partnerships with local gyms, or programs within the  company that will help to keep employees safe, and live a healthy lifestyle. If an employer is forcing health conscious habits onto its employees, they will see the mental, and physical health benefits associated with the new guidelines.

The Importance of Healthy Habits at Work

Developing lifestyle routines to positively benefit one’s health are necessary to ensure wellness through all aspects of life. Most individuals have the belief that a healthy lifestyle can only be achieved through optimum nutrition and exercise. Though these behaviors do have a strong correlation with your physical, mental, and social well-being, they are not the only factors that can affect your behaviors.


On average, the typical full-time employed worker spends between forty to fifty hours away from home, on the job each week. As a full time employee, many workers have multiple obligations they must meet in order to support themselves, as well as their families. Having a full time career can ensure you are meeting the requirements to fund the well-being of your entire family.


Workplace Habits


Since we spend so much time at work, it’s important to develop healthy habits to ensure you are maintaining optimum health at all times. Below are a few examples of workplace habits that you should develop into your typical workday, that are commonly overlooked.


Hydration- For physical jobs that require a lot of movement and/or heavy lifting, it’s important to stay hydrated at all times. Especially during the peak hours of summer, when the sun can produce temperatures well into the 90’s throughout much of the United States, keeping a water bottle handy is important. Additionally, staying hydrated even when you are off the clock- while at home after work or on the weekends, you should still remain hydrated. It’s recommended to consume at least 64 oz. of water each day, to allow your body enough fluids to complete your physical tasks at work. If you become dizzy, have frequent headaches, or become nauseous while at work, these may be early signs of dehydration. Be sure you are carefully monitoring your water intake levels.


Posture- Many individuals spend a lot of time in an office space or cubicle when at work. Though this work drastically differs from physical jobs as discussed above, there are important things that we should consider when at an office job. Posture is one of the most important things to consider while spending a great deal of time on the computer. It’s easily to become relaxed and slouch over the computer screen. As a result, this can quickly lead to back and shoulder problems as you experience curvature in your spine for an extended period of time. It’s important to always ensure you are sitting up straight in your chair, with your entire back against the back of your chair. Make sure when you get up to take a break, you are practicing your straight posture as well, and try to develop the habit into a routine even outside of your office.


Focus- Most all jobs require employees to remain focused on the task at hand. You focus level can easily be depleted if you don’t have enough sleep at night. As a general rule, ensure you are sleeping for at least 8 hours each night and taking time away to refresh your mind from your daily work tasks. If you spend a lot of time indoors while at work, be sure to take a jog or run after work to replenish your mental state, and keep your blood flowing. It’s important to have a steady balance between focus while on the job, and down-time after work or on the weekends. The brain simply cannot remain focused for too long of a time.


Analyze your Habits


What are some typical workplace habits you have? There are other aspects in which many can improve their overall health and well-being. One common workplace habit that many employees have is going out to eat on their lunch breaks. Though this can provide an easy way to grab a bite to eat while on your break, it can also affect your health. Eating too much processed foods just for the ease of convenience should be avoided. Consider your other typical workplace habits that can be broken to uphold your health and well being.


In what ways will you strive to make healthier choices at your place of employment?