What is this workout you speak of?

Between an 8-to-5 job and technology that makes bringing work home possible, it’s getting harder and harder for people to find time to work out during the workday. It seems the terms “work out” and “exercise” are becoming obsolete vernacular in some offices. This can be detrimental to some because exercise is crucial to maintaining a healthy weight, as well as managing stress. According to the Mayo Clinic, almost any form of exercise can act as a stress reliever, which is absolutely needed in today’s fast-paced society.

Some companies are committed to providing their employees with resources in the office because of this. For example, at many of Google’s offices, there are on-site fitness centers, as well as more than 230 exercise classes offered each week. PepsiCo provides an ongoing wellness program for employees and their families that includes routine medical care programs at work sites, education programs on health and fitness and on-site fitness centers and exercise programs. And, for those who work at Apple headquarters, there is a full-services fitness center, basketball gym and recreation room.
Although everyone isn’t lucky enough to enjoy these daily perks offered at Fortune 500 companies, there are ways to incorporate a healthy amount of fitness in the average workday. There are few small businesses out there that have exercise incentives, even if it’s not quite a state-of-the-art fitness gym. If yours is not one of these, it may be time to bring up this issue to the boss. Research shows that devoting time for physical activity can lead to higher productivity, according to Science Daily.
At Obsidian, we are allowed two and a half hours a week for exercising, which evens out to 30 minutes a day. This may not seem like much, but combined with an hour for lunch or leaving the office 30 minutes early to catch the 5:30 p.m. class at the gym, it can make all the difference.
Still, if you’re company hasn’t jumped on the bandwagon of providing resources for employee fitness, here’s a few in-office exercises that can help increase your level of physical activity and decrease your level of stress.
And ta-da, you have now increased your productivity. Feel free to comment to let me know what you think about this workout or let me know your own personal in-office work out!