Is Your Company Helping You Stay Active and Healthy?
This week has been hellish because of the many requirements at work. Add that to the side projects I’m doing, movie screenings, and other events to attend and you can only imagine how little sleep I’ve had.
As a matter of fact, for the past four days, I’ve only had less than 20 hours of sleep.
It sucks because it’s made me unproductive at work, which only added to the stress because the work I needed to finish piled up. I felt lethargic, weak, and cranky, and I ended up eating too much unhealthy stuff–sweets, soda, and fast food–because I needed that extra jolt of energy during the work day.
But it’s not good for the body. The lack of sleep, unhealthy food, and absence of exercise make a really bad formula for illness. I now feel the early stages of dry cough, which I’m sure will be followed by colds and fever.
I used to be in better shape because I regularly work out. That was when I was a full-time freelance writer. Ever since I returned to a full-time desk job, my workouts suffered. While I still get to squeeze in a few days of exercise, nothing compares to a regular routine.
But what’s a working guy to do? Despite one’s resolve, a busy work schedule can really derail one’s journey to fitness. It gets worse when your workplace doesn’t make it easy for you to break a sweat.
In fact, according to Herbalife’s Millennials At Work Survey, many Filipino millennials are eager to get on the fitness lifestyle but their workplace prevents them from doing so. This could be due to a number of reasons like the lack of resources and perhaps a very hectic schedule. It’s also possible that fitness isn’t one of their company’s priorities.
Data showed that majority of millennials finds it difficult to stay active because most of them spend between 6 and 13 hours at their desk each day. Also, 64% get less than 30 minutes of exercise. That’s not enough to stay fit.
The findings revealed that millennials wanted to be with a company that will encourage them to stay active. They would like a company culture that gives importance to health and fitness. In fact, 83% wanted their workplace to adopt a healthy, active lifestyle. It’s crucial that companies pay attention to this because millennials are going to make up 50% of the global workforce by 2020 and that means ensuring their well-being is essential to improving work productivity.
These findings sound awfully familiar because although I only spend 8 hours at work every day, my other commitments keep me from getting the right amount of exercise. It would help if our office had partnerships with gyms or programs that encourage regular physical activities.
Herbalife Nutrition is one of the several companies that recognize this need. They provide nutrition products at work, subsidize gym memberships, and hold regular wellness programs while encouraging everyone to participate in outdoor activities and sports competitions.
I’m a little envious but until my current workplace does something to encourage us millennials to become active, I would have to exert more effort to stay fit and healthy.