How to stop the slump this May

bike_to_work_2013The month of May is Employee Health and Fitness month. On average Americans sit for nine hours a day and it can increase your chances of developing cardiovascular disease.  This is particularly true for my job because I work in an office setting all day.

I know if I don’t make the effort to take a break or stand up I end up sitting for the entire workday, including my commute. On top of that I feel sleepy and sometimes unproductive. I try to make small changes to prevent this, like standing at my desk for part of the day or walking at lunch.  I even rode my bike to work last week.  Some other ideas I am going to try are stretching at my desk and a walking meeting. In the video below check out some Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan employees biking to work.

Not only does exercising during the workday help physically, but it can also help mentally. A 2011 report on a workplace fitness program examined employees from different fields. The employees who took 10,000 steps per day or more saw boosts in job satisfaction and productivity.

David Murray, the Social Media Manager of BCBSM is learning how to get healthy on his Pursuit of Healthiness. Check out the video below where he took time out of his busy day to take a walk at lunch.

Do you have any tricks for stopping the slump during your work day ?

Photo credit: healthiermi

 

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