It turns out the Japanese were on to something when they started scheduling regular stretch sessions throughout their long work days. They knew early on that healthy employees were productive employees. Today, wellness in the workplace is finally becoming the new norm in the western world.
We now know that sitting at a desk all day is literally bad for your health. Those who work in sedentary positions are at higher risk for obesity, diabetes, circulatory problems, and musculoskeletal disorders. With today’s hectic lifestyle, it can be extremely difficult to find time to get adequate exercise. Workplace wellness initiatives can make a difference.
Wellness at WestCMR
You don’t have to work at Google or Apple to enjoy corporate wellness perks. At WestCMR, employees have access to an on-site fitness center, making it easier to squeeze in that much needed gym session. The staff can choose to come in early, work out during lunch, or stay late and exercise instead of sitting in rush hour traffic.
A personal trainer, Jake Moore, comes in several times a week to facilitate group training classes and guided stretch sessions. Stretching is done in the middle of the sales pit and all are encouraged to join. It’s a nice way to break up the day and get the blood flowing when most are fighting food comas. It also encourages camaraderie amongst employees!
Jake also offers fitness assessments and custom workouts developed for individual goals and needs. Every couple of months, employees have the opportunity to participate in fitness challenges for some healthy competition and bragging rights. Additionally, the staff is treated to protein smoothies made with fresh fruit and veggies as a healthy afternoon snack on the first Friday of every month.
Wellness is Contagious
When we see the positive results that others experience from making healthy choices, it inspires us to make changes of our own. From planning workouts with fellow employees to sharing healthy recipes during lunch – the gift of Wellness perpetuates.