Most people I know who work in an office always say “Ever since I started working in an office, I’ve been gaining weight.” After working in an office for 8 years my husband is even saying this! It seems obvious on the surface, you sit at a desk for 8 hours and that doesn’t burn a lot of calories. It does nothing good for your core and I’m convinced it makes your bum wider. Pile on eating at your desk, minimal exercise, late nights and early mornings in the office and you can easily pack on the freshman 15 you avoided in college (or the second round for all of us that didn’t avoid it). Your office mates are always celebrating something, right? Potluck this week, birthday cake next week, good-bye donuts for the intern and congrats cupcakes for the boss man. Oh you have some sodas left over from your event? I shouldn’t, but I’ll take one. Ice cream social? I guess I can go to that. C’mon guys, we are getting out of control!
All of these examples come so easy to me, because they just happened for me and my husband. All of my co-workers agreed that this past week was a bust after all of our sweet treats and caffeinated beverages, yet we WILL do it again. We celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and accomplishments with lunches. We treat ourselves with donuts when we’ve had a long week together. It’s a cycle that we need to break.
What can we do? Where do we start? How about that wellness plan you keep pushing on your employees? Let’s start by participating in that. Our company also has a fitness center on site (it happens to be less than 25 steps from my office door so I really have no excuses here) and if yours does you should use it. When I started working where I am now I wasn’t sure if I should use the fitness center, seeing as I’m HR and I’m sure no one wants to work out with HR. Seriously though, we are employees too (even though I know employees forget that sometimes, but I digress), so yes we can use the fitness center and participate in the wellness plan. Not only are we employees, but as pushers of these benefits we can set an example by using them.
I’m no wellness expert or personal trainer, but I know a little encouragement goes a long way. You should connect with people who do similar work to you and still make time for a healthier lifestyle. Anyone can encourage you, but I think it’s important to see other professionals in your line of work as well so you can’t make excuses about it being your works fault that you are slowly but surely getting out of shape. Easy way to find a little motivation from some of your HR peeps getting in shape? Do a quick search for the hashtag: #hrfitcrew or my buddy @newresource most recent: #hrtryingtogetfitcrew. I look forward to others posts and posting myself; mostly on instagram, but you can pick your social media outlet of choice. Follow me on instagram and we can #hrfitcrew together: hrecruit.
Also do all those little things we have been hearing all of our lives:
- take the stairs
- cut the cream and sugar out of your coffee (HARD ONE FOR ME)
- drink more water
- get up from your desk and walk around for 5-10 minutes a couple of times a day
- stop eating at your desk
- pack healthy snacks
- plan ahead
Is this short list a little overwhelming for you? Pick one at a time to conquer.
I also want to give a shout out to my buddy Shelley (not an HR pro, but a great blogger) over at Mile High Healthy for always having some quick and easy recipes and workout routines for me to copy! Find resources like Shelley to help you stay on track. You cannot do all of the work on your own, so utilize the resources you have (just like you have to do at work everyday!)