Active Living Resources

for the Workplace

The case for supporting active living 

Get active on your lunch hour! Research shows that some of the most productive employees take, on average, a 17-minute break for every 52 minutes of work. Allow your brain the recovery time it needs to get back to its creative, productive, and focused self.

Build exercise into your workday:

  • When possible, try hosting walking meetings – or if you’re working from home, you can schedule short breaks in between meetings to get out – even for just a few minutes.
     

  • Have a conference call? Consider standing or pacing while you chat
     

  • Give yourself a chance to stretch – especially if you’ve been sitting for a long period of time. You could even ask your team to join you at the start of each meeting as a fun way to get your body moving!
     

  • Join yoga, Pilates, or aerobics that’s easily accessible on your lunch hour. If you’re working from home, you can do this more easily, but even if you’re not working from home, make sure you take the time to step away from your desk to walk, stretch, or get moving in any way that you can!
     

  • A few of our favorite resources for getting moving easily are:

    • Yoga with Adriene

    • ParticipACTION has curated some short, easy to follow videos, specifically for busy people. See it here

Did you know? The secret to being your best at work, while increasing your job satisfaction is as easy as getting moving?  Regular activity breaks increase blood flow to your brain, resulting in better focus and attention.

Getting 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per week amounts to about 21 minutes per day – and it's 21 minutes that can change your work life for the better.

In fact, studies show that people who are regularly active are consistently more productive after seven hours of work than those who aren’t – they have better executive function, more energy, less stress, clearer minds, more confidence, better memory, enhanced concentration and more creativity.

Fitting physical activity into your calendar can help break up the day and give you a pick-me-up. If performing better on-the-job, feeling better, and being happier with your work gig isn't enough, consider this: A sedentary lifestyle also puts you at risk for chronic disease, like cardiovascular disease and even some types of cancer.

FitOn

This free app provides personalized fitness plans and hundreds of workout classes, to help you reach your goals on your schedule. 

Nike Training Club

Work out with Nike Training Club from the comfort of your living room. You’ll have access to workouts, nutrition advice and expert help.

Do you have any other suggestions on how to stay active at work? If so, we would love to hear from you! Connect with us today.

Check out these apps for Active Living: