The Workday Wellness Challenge

Keeping fit and healthy while working in an office environment can often seem impossible, but a few simple changes to your working day can help keep blood circulating efficiently round your body so you are energised, efficient and feel great! That is why we would like to introduce you to the Workday Wellness Challenge. A great incentive for all office workers to keep their mind and body active and healthy, this point-based game will motivate and inspire the workplace. Once an employee has amassed a total of 100 (or more) points, they could be treated to a workplace massage. This reward is sure to add a competitive nature to the game, helping employees and employers alike to be happier, healthier, and more productive as a result.

1. Pre-work challenges
Aim to get seven hours’ sleep a night, as a rested brain makes for a more productive work day. Get to work on a full stomach by having a hearty, healthy breakfast, as this will prevent an afternoon sugar crash and give your body the fuel it needs to get through to lunchtime. These two challenges are worth one point, and you can gain an extra point for taking public transport or carpooling to work. If you walk or cycle you earn two points.

2. At-work challenges
Instead of lounging around with your colleagues on your lunchbreak, get them to come with you for a walk, or even a run!. This would definitely be worth two points. Remind them to take the stairs instead of using the lift (if you have one), and encourage them to choose water over caffeinated drinks. Ensure you do the same and reward yourself with a point each time.
If you have a staff canteen, look for healthy options with whole foods, fruit and vegetables. Swerve the chips and fried foods, and avoid the dessert tray! This show of dedication surely deserves a point.
If you, or any of your colleagues are hoping to lose a few pounds, they can use the Wellness Challenge to help them. Pair up with a work friend, and give them a point for every inch/pound they lose. It doesn’t have to be a competitive exercise, but the extra support will keep you both motivated (as will the promise of a relaxing massage!)

3. Healthy mind challenges
Many of the challenges that have been suggested so far have focused on improving diet and exercise, but the brain needs looking after too. Take ten minutes a day for some quiet meditation, and ask your colleagues to do the same – with a one point prize. You could also book a few mindfulness or stress management courses for the workplace and award yourself two points for every attendance. Workplace yoga and pilates are also great ways to refresh and refuel the mind.

With the Workday Wellness Challenge, there are no more excuses as to why you cannot live a healthy lifestyle. We all have a choice, and this simple, but creative idea will help you to feel happier, healthier and more productive both at work and at home.

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