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Our May Challenge - Staff Sunrise Beach Yoga

Our May Challenge - Staff Sunrise Beach Yoga

As you may know from Jessica Lynn’s previous post, Hilton Head Health has a corporate wellness program called H3 Direct that teaches employees the latest health information and encourages them to implement this information in the form of monthly challenges. This month’s challenge is a “Digital Detox”!

We are choosing at least an hour a day, three days out the week to cut back on screen time. That’s right, instead of playing video games, surfing the Web, flipping through the channels or even chatting it up on the phone, we are engaging in other ways to unwind such as going on walks, cleaning up the house and catching up on some reading.

Corporate Wellness is a great way to show your employers that you care about their health. We have a great time discussing the challenges every month—bringing the office even closer and making us all happier and more productive throughout the day.

I am writing about our corporate wellness program not to only encourage you to join in on our digital detox :-) , but also because I want to encourage you to make your office a healthy environment. The US Department of Health announced new health guidelines yesterday. They recommend at least 2 ½ hours of exercise a week; when broken down, that’s only 30 minutes a day along with at least two days of strength training. And, how do they suggest you fit this exercise into your day? At the office!

“Basic tips include standing up while talking on the phone and taking the stairs as much as possible. How often do we email or instant message a coworker two rows away? The simple act of getting up and walking to his or her cubicle can significantly improve one’s health and fulfill part of the recommended 2 and a half hours of exercise per week, roughly 30 minutes per day, according to the Department of Health.” Read more here.

So let’s get up and get moving! Encourage your co-workers to join in on the fun too! Take turns emptying the recycling or go on afternoon walks together. You could even lead a daily 15 minute workout break! A quick beginning and ending stretch, plus 3 rounds of 10-20 wall push-ups, squats, jumping jacks, lunges and calf raises will do the trick.

If you have a corporate wellness program set in place, make sure it is allowing you to meet the new Department of Health guidelines. If your office doesn’t have a program, discuss some options with your organization’s leaders, and if you need any tips or assistance, contact Alicea Glover at aglover@hhealth.com to inquire about what we provide our employees through H3Direct. Or, you can simply invite everyone to join you in on your fitness activities.

Who said you have to designate an hour a day to fitness? Incorporate it into your day and it won’t seem like such a chore!

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