All Points Stays ‘Fit’ and Active
As any office employee knows, it can be incredibly difficult to find time during the day to stay active. Plus, when you factor in commuting time, it can be hard to find time even before and after work for exercise too. In fact, the Huffington Post reports that “sitting is the new smoking,” likening sitting at a desk for eight-plus hours a day to smoking cigarettes.
At All Points PR, we don’t underestimate the effect of physical health in the workplace – in fact, we embrace it. With the advent of health tracking devices like Fitbits and mobile apps, it’s easier than ever to kick a sedentary lifestyle to the curb and embrace healthier activities. Some simple switches can make a big difference – here are some we employ at All Points.
Get your 10,000 steps
The Center for Disease Control recommends that healthy adults walk or run 10,000 steps a day, and engage in an average of 150 active minutes per week. It might sound like a lot – 10,000 steps equates to almost 4.5 miles – but it’s easier than you might think.
At All Points, our team members will often take the stairs instead of the elevator to get some more steps. Additionally, we make sure to take short breaks that involve a walk around the floor of our building – not only do you get more steps, but mobility has been proven to increase brain function, keeping us as sharp as possible for our franchise clients.
Make it social
One of the best things about Fitbits and other mobile health tracking devices is that many come with a social component. Lighthearted competition can be a useful motivating tool – our team members often hold workweek contests to see who can get the most steps. Additionally, we participate in these contests with some of our clients, allowing us to foster closer relationships and promoting mutually beneficial health practices.
Our All Points office kitchen is a gathering place for a refreshing cup of coffee, a team lunch or a quick snack between projects. We keep it stocked with fresh fruit and veggies to snack on, nutritious oatmeal, whole grain granola and tea for a quick breakfast and other wholesome treats that won’t cause a major sugar crash. This keeps us alert and nourished to do our best work all day long.
Embrace your commute
Because of our location in the Chicago area, many of our team members live in the city and utilize public transportation to get to work. The time it takes to walk to the bus, subway or commuter train is prime time to start the day off with some steps. Many of these transportation venues also allow passengers to stand instead of sit, which is an easy way to burn a few more calories before the day even begins. Additionally, some of our team members belong to a gym near the office so they can get a workout in before or after work without any hassle.
A physically fit office is beneficial for everyone – team members are more engaged and active, costs of health insurance are lower and the endorphins flow freely, making All Points a happy and healthy place to work.