For more than 30 years, physical activity has been the main focus of worksite health promotion. Pedometer challenges, on-site yoga, weight loss programs and more have been pretty standard when it comes to “wellness at work.”
With the evolution into total well-being, more employers are broadening their services into other important parts of their employee’s lives like their career, financial, community and social well-being. But physical health is where it all began, and it will always be an important measure of wellness.
By Gallup’s definition, physical well-being means having good health and enough energy to do the things you need to do. What’s more, having adequate energy includes keeping an eye on how you move, how well you sleep and what you eat.
How You Move
A few years ago, research started coming out about the dangers of sitting all day…which is really unfortunate when most of what you do for a living involves… sitting all day! We now know it’s more important than ever that people find ways to insert natural movement back into their day. Here are a few ideas from our own Dr. Derek Robinson.
Every day, there is an opportunity to give yourself a gift: move your body.
How Well You Sleep
Sleep is rejuvenation and it is vital for many areas of well-being. While we’re talking about physical well-being, it’s important to mention that emotions, stress, mental stability and more are all affected by sleep quality and how much you get.
Did you know that sleep turns you into Superman? Your body’s heart and blood vessels repair themselves while you sleep. In fact, ongoing sleep deprivation is linked to several disease states including diabetes, obesity, heart disease and stroke.
Sleep supports healthy immune system functioning and healthy growth and development. Hormones released during deep sleep boosts muscle mass and helps repair cells and tissues in children, teens, and adults.
So how do you improve your sleep if you are lacking? For starters, prioritize it over all other elements. Create a calm, soothing space for sleep and create a bedtime routine that includes quiet time, soothing music or reading, and avoids eating or drinking, staring at a screen or late-night exercise.
Check out our video for more tips on sleep!
What You Eat
As a believer in the Blue Zones philosophy, HCSC’s wellness department encourages employees to eat real food. Cooking a meal yourself isn’t just fun and a good family project, but it also helps you keep an eye on what you and your family are consuming. Meals are meant to be enjoyed, not scrutinized, and when you cook meals yourself, you don’t have worry so much about what’s on the plate because you know what went in the pot. Here is one of our employee favorites, Cranberry Wild Rice Sunflower Seed Salad!
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