2015 is almost at a close, did you achieve all the fitness goals you set yourself in January? Did you create enough challenges for your employees to keep them motivated through the year? Did you start off with a band but as the year went on slowly slip back into old habits?
Its ok, a New Year is about to start. 2016 will be the year we become a healthier Blair County and make achievable goals we can stick too individually and for our companies.
The statistics are bleak, out of roughly 40% of Americans who make New Years Resolutions around only 8% actually keep them. However, we keep trying especially when it comes to our health and the health of our families, friends and employees. Given around half of our waking hours are spent at work, its hard to deny that our workplace environment can have a significant impact on whether or not we keep those resolutions.
Workplace wellness is growing, it is worth the time and effort we put into it to make it successful. Here are a few helpful tips to help you start the New Year off on the right foot:
Lead by Example – Before you can tell other people how they should be eating, exercising and taking care of themselves you should be showing them how to do it. Senior Management should participate in the wellness challenges in place, this sets an example and the effect will be more participation.
Make Resolutions Social – Share your goals both personally and professionally with others. Create a club for staffers who are looking to improve their health and eating habits, share recipes, exercise programs, achievements. This will help keep everyone motivated and give them accountability. If the group is asking “Did you eat healthy today?” its a lot harder to back out when people are relying on you to stick to your goals.
Encourage Simple Goals – By simply saying i plan to lose weight you are setting yourself up for disappointment, set a goal of 10 lbs, then once you reach that another goal of 10 lbs depending on how much you need to lose. Commit to exercising twice a week, once that becomes routine add another day. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Set yourself goals you can achieve, start small and make them bigger as you achieve each one. Reward yourself for hitting those goals too.
Provide healthy Options in the Lunch Room – Have vending machines full of chocolate, chips and soda? ask your vendor about healthier options, what can be substituted. Have fruit, granola bars and pretzels in the lunch room instead of an array of unhealthy choices. Sitting at a desk makes it very easy to mindlessly eat, without actually being hungry. Make it a healthier choice.
Share your company ideas? how are you going to make 2016 a healthier year? Please comment below.
Happy New Year