Have you put healthy living in the “someday” basket? Whether or not you feel like you have the time to improve your health and wellness – the truth is, there is time with these simple things you can do everyday.
1. Improve Your Diet
Did you know that nearly 67% of Australians are overweight or obese? Several factors include over-scheduling yourself and eating processed on-the-go foods. Be sure to eat all the colors of the rainbow when it comes to fruits and veggies. Also, meal preparation will go a long way in ensuring healthy food choices whether at home or at work.
2. Practice Portion Control
Most of us were taught to only eat 3 meals a day and clean our plates! This has programmed many of us to eat as much as possible in one sitting. Try eating a healthy, colorful and non-processed 6 small meals a day. By planning ahead, you focus more on satisfying your hunger with more daily opportunities, rather than scarfing your food in fear that you won’t be able to eat for a whole 5 hours.
3. Exercise, No Matter How Short It May Be
This is something you can do at home or work. According to a 13-week study at the University of Copenhagen, those who exercised for 30 minutes per day lost more weight (13 lbs) than those who exercised for a full hour (5 lbs). Don’t let the time excuse keep you from being healthy.
4. Get Your Check-Ups
While there is a battle between visiting and avoiding your doctor for a yearly well-check visit, there are definitely upsides to getting your vitals checked. Don’t wait until it is too late. Maximize your well-checks by keeping in the time guidelines for prostate exams, breast exams, and gynecology visits.
5. Manage Your Stress
According to the APS, 8 out of 10 Australians experience stress which can manifest both physically and mentally. Stress is the basic cause of 60% of all human illness and disease, meanwhile work-related stress causes 10% of strokes. Keep your stress and anxiety under control by making sure to eat right and exercise, practicing yoga and breathing techniques, along with making sleep and quality of life a priority.
6. Keep Your Relationships Healthy
All of us go through ups and downs in our lives when it comes to relationships. Unhealthy relationships can cause stress, weight gain, sleep problems, anxiety, alcoholism, and depression. So what do you do? First, you need to let go of any unhealthy relationships – no matter how hard it may seem. Surround yourself with those who love you, get to know people with similar beliefs and interests, and live a lifestyle that exemplifies what it is to be a mentally healthy person. Health will follow closely behind you.
7. Don’t Forget To Sleep
According to Sleep Health Foundation, more than half of adult Australians suffer from chronic sleep disorders. From snoring to insomnia, many suffer from an inadequate amount of sleep. Sleep plays one of the most important roles in our health. Sleep recharges our brains, allowing us to create memories, improve work performance and relationships, and can reduce the risk of conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.
8. How to Establish and Design a Wellness Program
Designing and managing an employee wellness program is an important step in improving the health and productivity of employees and potentially improving the overall cost of employer-provided health care. Wellness programs can benefit employers by:
- Lowering health care costs.
- Reducing absenteeism.
- Achieving higher employee productivity.
- Reducing workers' compensation and disability-related costs.
- Reducing injuries.
- Improving employee morale and loyalty.
Because of the ever-increasing costs of health insurance and the importance of employee health, employers should consider implementing a well-thought-out wellness program that benefits both the employee's health and the employer's bottom line.
9. Turn thought into reality
With ever growing demands and less resources for our Human Resources Departments, Anista is able to work alongside you to help present and facilitate the above initiatives, call us your personal HR Concierge service.
If you are a Human Resources Manager and would like to chat about how Anista may be able to support you to delivering these type of activities, please book in a time with me.
Here's to turning thought into reality – from the team at Anista Employee Benefits! 😃