Promoting Health and Wellness in the Workplace

by: Dan Karrels, Personal Trainer & Certified Athletic Trainer Tips for an Improved Diet with a Busy Schedule Today’s society never fails to keep us on the go. So, it shouldn’t be surprising that the majority of people in the US eat out at least 3 to 4 times a week. Aside from the dent that this puts in our wallets, many people fail to recognize the detrimental affects this can have on their nutrition and overall health. Whether it’s eating out too much, or not realizing you haven’t eaten all day, our health takes a major hit when our nutrition consistently stumbles. We all know this, but unfortunately for many people it takes a good wake up call (or three) to really start making the necessary changes.  Many companies provide, or have the ability to provide convenient options for meals for their employees. Unfortunately, a good portion of the meals provided are not considered healthy, but it’s convenient and is seen as a “benefit” to employees. Whether it’s the company providing this, or you’re spending your own money on this, it’s time we all make a change. Don’t just say you are going to change or eat healthier; you must have a plan, and this time no excuses. Use some of these pointers to help keep you on a healthier eating schedule during your busy week. Breakfast Forget the daily doughnut party at work, I know, I’m sorry. Skip your morning Starbucks, Kwik Trip, or McDonalds stop. Find healthier options that can be prepared the night before or quickly in the morning. Maybe see if your company can...

Is Corporate Wellness Worth It?

By: Dan Karrels, Personal Trainer & Certified Athletic Trainer The Current Situation There is no question that regular exercise is beneficial for our health. Sadly, even with everything we know about exercise, the majority of adults don’t come close to the recommended amount of weekly exercise. The Department of Health and Human Services recommends getting at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity a week, plus resistance training two times a week. The goal should be to get some form of exercise for 30 minutes every day. Understandably many people are extremely busy and may think there is no time for exercise in their schedule. A half hour a day may be difficult for many people, but as the obesity epidemic continues to grow, something needs to change. One solution is for businesses and business owners to step up and take care of their employees.   The Opportunity In the past, many business owners would  fend off the idea of providing corporate wellness. Today, it is a huge draw for job seekers and potential employees, so businesses are starting to get on board. There are also many proven benefits the company will receive in return. Exercise improves your physical fitness and it can help boost your productivity in the work place. Exercise can help reduce stress, improve sleep, increase energy and alertness throughout the day, and also help prevent illness (mentally and physically). So not only will employees work harder and smarter, they will be happier, more engaged, and healthier. Meaning they will be away from the workplace less throughout the year. ...