Corporate employees deserve the opportunity to reduce stress and tension AND become more physically fit. It’s a busy world we live in today, with increasing demands on employers and employees alike. We work long hours, often hunched over a computer. We skip meals, keep a phone glued to our ear, and rarely leave our work space for a break. Before long, these work habits begin to take their toll on our bodies and minds in the form of stress, tension and sickness. Although there are a hundreds of yoga at your desk online videos, are you truly getting the most out of your workout? Ask yourself this question, and to get out of your own way, without overthinking it, sign up for the next yoga class offered at your work. Count on those yoga videos when you need to check with your alignment and correct posture when you’re not taking a class. That’s what I count on yoga videos for. You will thank yourself for making the effort in connecting with other peers in the office and allowing yourself some time to take part in Pranayama breathing!
Corporate Yoga Programs Have Many Benefits
- Better customer service
- Enhanced employee attitude and outlook
- General well-being in the workplace which reduces employee turnover
- Employees that are happy and full of energy, and as a result, more productive
- Decline in stress-related sick occurrences
- Improved concentration, decision-making skills and ability to multi-task
- Improves employee alertness and ability to react more calmly in demanding situations
- Relief of head, neck and back strain, carpal tunnel syndrome, insomnia, high blood pressure and work-related injuries from repetitive motion
Based on research studies, Mayo Clinic reported the detriment in findings of being at increased of risk cardiovascular disease leads to “sitting as the new smoking”. James A. Levine, M.D., Ph.D. discussed his findings in the correlation between chronic illnesses.
One study compared adults who spent less than two hours a day in front of the TV or other screen-based entertainment with those who logged more than four hours a day of recreational screen time. Those with greater screen time had:
- A nearly 50 percent increased risk of death from any cause
- About a 125 percent increased risk of events associated with cardiovascular disease, such as chest pain (angina) or heart attack
The solution seems to be less sitting and more moving overall. You might start by simply standing rather than sitting whenever you have the chance or think about ways to walk while you work. For example:
- Stand while talking on the phone or eating lunch.
- If you work at a desk for long periods of time, try a standing desk — or improvise with a high table or counter.
- Walk laps with your colleagues rather than gathering in a conference room for meetings.
- Position your work surface above a treadmill — with a computer screen and keyboard on a stand or a specialized treadmill-ready vertical desk — so that you can be in motion throughout the day.
Research has shown that employees who practice yoga are more productive, can manage stressful situations more effectively, and seem to call off less frequently. Workplace yoga can also create bonding between employees.
If you don’t have a yoga mat or in need of a new one for the fall season, try the Reehut 1/2-Inch Extra Thick High Density NBR Exercise Yoga Mat for Pilates, Fitness & Workout w/ Carrying Strap (Black), which is durable and one of my favs to keep at work. It’s multi functional use makes it convenient for other work wellness classes like pilates and zumba!
Yoga is a time-tested practice that cultivates boundless levels of energetic and physical fitness.
See you on the mat!