Maintain Don’t Gain Competitions – Creating a Healthy Workplace

Maintain, Don't Gain Competition! - W3ins.comDid you know that the average American gains about one pound during the holidays? How much of that new found weight do you think they will lose in the new year? Not much, if any. That can add up to a lot of extra weight over the years. Help fuel a happy and healthy workplace with a friendly competition.

This season celebrate your health by making a pledge to eating right and exercising more. Choose nutritious foods, eat healthy portion sizes, exercise, and don’t forget to get enough sleep. Email or post weekly health-related articles to keep the competition fresh in their mind.

Take workplace wellness to the next level. Challenge your employees to take this Healthy Holiday Pledge or host a competition between employees. Have them weigh-in early December and weigh-out the first week in January. You may have better participation if you offer prizes to the employees or teams that maintained their original weight. Is your budget tight for incentives? Have a raffle for the winners.  Each winner can earn one raffle chance for maintaining and an additional raffle chance if they lose weight during the competition. The prize could be a “free” jeans week, an afternoon off, or a gift card to a sporting goods store.

Wallace welch & Willingham employees participate almost every year. You can hear it in the breakroom. “Gotta Maintain!” “I’m going for a walk. I have to walk off that bite of brownie!” Our employees are pumped to have a chance to win! We usually do a raffle for a cash prize or gift card. We have prizes for one group for those that maintained, and one for those who lost. It’s one of our most popular competitions. Most people don’t want to gain weight during the holidays, but need encouragement and a reason to stay strong and fight temptation.

Take a Vacation from Work, Not from Your Workout

Take a Vacation from Work, Not from Your WorkoutGoing on vacation? It is good to get away from the grind of a schedule and stress. Use this time to charge up your batteries with daily vacation workouts. Your body will feel more refreshed when you get back. It just takes a little planning and a lot of motivation.

The planning starts when you are packing your suitcase. Don’t forget to pack your running sneakers and your iPod for your music. Download some playlists that will keep you motivated. Also, if you are traveling by plane and you do not have much room in your suitcase you can bring resistance bands (they are available at any Target or sports store). These bands are great for stretching and strength training. While in the airport, don’t sit for hours, get up and walk around the terminals often. Remember you will be sitting for a long plane ride so exercise when you can. Also, check with your hotel to see if they have a fitness center and challenge yourself visit it 30 minutes a day.

If you are not traveling by plane, the staycations are great because you can pack exercise equipment in the car. This could be equipment like yoga mats, kettlebells, push-up bars, pull up bars, stability balls, etc.  Try visiting some parks and nature trails during your staycation. Kayaking, jogging, swimming, and biking are all great summer activities but make sure to hydrate before, during, and after your workouts.

Remember summer is vacation time from work, not your workout!