Our Wake Up Call to a Healthier Lifestyle
At any hotel, you can receive a wake-up call. Well, we’ve gotten a different type of wake-up call and it came from the HEALTH hotel. The phone kept ringing and every time it was another wake-up call. The wake-up calls came from colleagues who were gaining too much weight, feeling exhausted after climbing 15-step stairs at the client’s office, and getting sick every month or so. We couldn’t ignore it anymore, so we’ve decided as a team to answer and act on the wake-up calls we’ve been receiving. Here are 5 things we have done to promote a healthy lifestyle among our colleagues.
1. Introduce a health task force
This is a task force made up of 3 colleagues. Our main vision is to get everyone healthy and keep them that way. Our mission is to stimulate a healthy lifestyle in our office. On the task force we have a Health officer who acts as an ambassador, living and promoting the healthy lifestyle.
2. Give everyone a mug
The mugs promote the drinking of fluids. Staying hydrated has many benefits (take a look at our blog post: Drinking 10 glasses of water a day boosted my productivity). We’ve created a culture where, if we walk by a colleague and their mug is empty, we will ask them if they want us to fill the mug with water. This helps other colleagues to drink more fluids.
3. We order only healthy food for meetings and events
Lunch-and-learn is a big hit at our office. It’s where one colleague gives a presentation that helps us sharpen up an existing skill or pick up a new one. We used to order unhealthy meals to eat during meetings, but now we only order healthy meals.
4. Introduce a human operating system
Gyroscope calls itself an operating system for the human body. It aggregates data on how many steps you’ve walked during the day and keeps track of your workouts, heart rate, and much more.
Everyone in the office signed up for this app, and we have a company dashboard where we can see all the relevant stats mentioned. We compete with each other to see who has taken more steps or worked out more, and, at the same time, we motivate each other to stay active.
5. Begin with in-office exercises
During one of our retreats, a colleague introduced us to Tai Chi. Tai Chi is a Chinese martial art used for defense training and also health benefits. The basic moves of tai chi are easy to learn and practicing it doesn’t require a lot of space. It was a bit of a struggle in the beginning, but it’s a work in progress, and gradually we are getting more colleagues to join the tai chi movement in our office.
Since answering and acting upon the wake-up call, the level of awareness level about being healthy has increased among our colleagues. Our colleagues are making more health-conscious decisions about what they eat and how much they exercise. We are not there yet, but we are getting there step by step.
What are you doing to promote a healthy lifestyle at the office?