May: National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
The National Health Observance for May, according to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. As the weather warms up, baseball season is in full swing, swimming lessons start for kids, and bathing suit and vacation time starts next month. If seasonal allergies aren’t keeping you indoors, the weather beckons for you to start gardening, walking at lunch, and going on picnics. If you haven’t already heard, exercise not only benefits you physically, increasing strength and cardiovascular fitness and reducing risk of certain diseases, but it can also lift your mood and lower your stress. You don’t have to twist yourself into a pretzel or become a marathoner to exercise. The key to incorporating exercise into your schedule is to find something you like to do—hatha yoga, walking the dog, ballroom dancing—and setting aside time to do it. Since people spend the majority of their time in the workplace, here are some suggestions to get more motion into your workday.
- Walking meetings
- Lunch break walks
- Pedometer-based “how many steps” contests
- Organize a company sports team—softball, 5k, cycling—and challenge other companies in your building or compete amongst yourselves
- Hire a personal trainer or yoga teacher for a weekly company session
What other ways can you brainstorm (or do you already do) to exercise at work?