The path to a healthier life starts with making one small change. Why not start by making one small change to your daily work routine? At Ohio State, we want to move from a traditional, sedentary office setting to one that includes physical activity, natural light, motion, energy, dynamic interaction, and positive mental well-being. Whether you stand more while working at your desk, host a walking meeting, or do a stress-reducing activity during lunch, one small change can greatly impact your health.
Take a look at the resources below to incorporate healthy activities throughout your work day. While some have a cost associated with them, many are simple modifications you can implement immediately.
Physical Activity and the Workplace
Physical activity helps prevent and slows (or even reverses) the progression of chronic disease. There are many inexpensive, safe ways to get your exercise, yet many of us don’t get the recommended 150 minutes of moderate activity per week. Fitting in a few minutes each day while you’re at work can add up—here are a few ideas:
Mental Well-Being and the Workplace
Mental health disorders are among the most common medical conditions in our society. People suffering from emotional and mental health disorders are more likely to be absent from work and less likely to be fully engaged in their work when present.
Managing your stress helps improve your well-being. The physical effects of excessive stress have long been recognized—from heart attacks and strokes to ulcers and other gastrointestinal disorders. Continual stress takes a toll on the body's immune system, causing frequent illnesses. Stress can also lead to depression, anxiety, and even panic attacks.
Focusing on your mental well-being has big returns. Here are some resources to help you manage stress and your emotional well-being: