With the new year comes new goals. For some, new goals may mean losing weight, eating better, being more organized, or saving money. For others, it might involve starting or finishing a written work, learning a new skill, being more creative, or earning more money. We all seem to start off the new year, generally speaking at least, optimistic and energized to go after our goals. But as the year wears on, and our daily routines continue to keep us busy, we lose the zeal and excitement we started off with.
If only there were a secret weapon- a simple tool (like an ‘easy’ button)- we could use to assist us in accomplishing our dreams; we might be so much more likely to continue striving toward our goals. Well, it turns out, there is!
Seriously. Studies have shown that not only are you more likely to lose weight, have more energy, look and feel better with more movement throughout your day- but you’re also more likely to have great ideas, stay motivated, be happy, and have less stress!
While exercise is fantastic, and very good for us all for a myriad of reasons, this is not what I’m talking about. Movement can be as simple as standing up throughout the day as a break from sitting, taking 5 minutes to take a stroll around the block (or even around the office), doing some light stretching in your workspace, or even doing movements while at your desk.
Many offices are now offering the option to employees to have the sit to stand desk, rather than the traditional sit down variety. Others are offering their employees the ability to workout (actually workout) while on the clock as part of their workday. Still others take the simple path of allowing for opportunities to get outside while doing office tasks- such as walking to the post office rather than driving.
Whatever your options may be- it is very easy to incorporate a little more movement into your day. According to recent research, it may well be worth it! The benefits of incorporating more movement into the day are advantageous for employees, but also for employers. All of the studies have a common end- stress and dissatisfaction in the workplace leads to decreased productivity and higher levels of absenteeism. By incorporating more motion, you allow the body an endorphin release, which leads to feelings of happiness. Happy, motivated, and less stressed employees can be more productive, absent less often, and more creative and innovative in the work they do; all of which is highly beneficial to the employer and their bottom line.
Check out the links below to see more examples and further detail on just how movement can help you accomplish your goals, improve your creativity, increase your problem solving skills, and aid in an overall higher level of happiness! These links also offer some great tips you can use, should you decide to try to convince the boss to allow for workout time on the clock!
With all the positives movement can bring- improved health, motivation, endorphin release, stress relief, increased life span, improved productivity, innovation, ideas, and increased creativity, as well as improved overall happiness and feelings of satisfaction- I’d say it’s definitely worth a try! So, regardless of your own reasons for adding in a bit more movement everyday, here’s to following through and reaping the benefits in the new year!
Until next time~ may every sunrise bring you renewed purpose and ever increasing joy.
Links, as promised: