September 23, 2015
From financial planners to doctors, teachers to pilots, lawyers to graphic designers, a jam-packed 8-5 work schedule is a familiar prospect for almost everyone nowadays. Between project deadlines and task lists, keeping your body healthy and strong can be a tough balancing act when you have a full-time job. Waking up early to squeeze in a workout or waiting until the busy work day is over to head to the gym, is much easier said than done when all you really want to do at the end of the day is kick back and relax (and even that can be a pipedream when children come into the picture). This article details some tips and tricks straight from the CFB team that should give you an idea of how we try to stay fit and healthy while working full-time jobs.
Leading a sedentary lifestyle is an increasingly easy trap to fall into; we sit at the computer, with our colleagues and families during lunch and dinner, in the car and that 30 minutes of TV or reading time before bed. If not kept in check, the side effects of long office hours can lead to an increased waistline and an overall lowered health level. It is only by taking care of ourselves that we stand a chance of being the kind of person we strive to be at home, at work, and in our communities. But that doesn’t make it easy!
As part of our team building culture at Complete Financial Balance, we’ve been making a concerted effort to get fit and keep healthy during (and after!) the work day. As you may have seen on our social media (click here to have a look if you haven’t) the CFB team has been taking part in Steptember this month.Run by Cerebral Palsy Alliance, Steptember challenges people to take at least 10,000 steps a day for 28 days straight throughout September, so we put together 4 teams to raise funds and compete for the prestigious office title of “Top Steppers”. * So far, we’ve walked over 1850kms, or the equivalent of walking from Brisbane to Adelaide*. Whether it’s walking the dog in the morning or afternoon, doing laps of the house, or walking to a colleague’s desk instead of that email, we’re stepping like mad before, during and after work hours to see how far we can go before the 28th!
We’re also well on our way to reaching our fundraising target of $1000 dollars, but we’re endeavoring to surpass this goal and raise more much-needed funds for children living with Cerebral Palsy. If you would like to donate and support the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Australia, then click on the button below to visit the CFB page.
Not only have we been stepping away for Steptember, CFB has started back on the Wednesday afternoon fitness bandwagon. Every Wednesday afternoon, we head on over to a local park where Dani from Creative Cardio whips us into shape with a fresh (and tough) fitness circuit.
From skipping to burpees, to push ups to burpees, to partner work to burpees (did we say burpees?), Dani pushes us on a weekly basis, all the while ensuring we’re having fun and improving as a team. If you want to learn more about Dani and Creative Cardio, or see the CFB circuit times, check out her Facebook page here.
5 Tips from the CFB Team
Keeping healthy and fit from 9-5 is a personal thing, with everyone going about it in their own way outside of Steptember and Wednesday Fitness. We surveyed the team to get some top tips and insights on what they do day-to-day to stay fighting fit.
Executive Assistant, Sarah, says that drinking water is the key to success, and her desk is rarely seen without a bright pink water bottle taking pride of place next to her computer. Bringing a water bottle to drink from throughout the day is an essential component of health and wellness at work. Drinking the recommended 8 glasses of water a day can help control hunger, energise our muscles, clear our skin and keep our kidneys and bowel healthy. With thirst often confused with hunger, it’s important to have easy access to some refreshing water at all times of the day.
Prepare your meals ahead of time
Associate Adviser, Zach, is rarely seen without an appetising pre-packed lunch each day. Cooking that little bit extra each night, Zach swears by his leftovers to provide an easy, healthy and filling alternative to buying lunch. With it being nearly impossible to pack a healthy lunch at the crack of dawn when trying to run out the door, prepping meals in advance is the easiest and healthiest way to make a difference day-to-day. You can do this by pre-preparing on the weekends, or just cooking (and saving… ) a bit extra each night.
Paraplanning fitness duo Nicole and Dee, have buddied up to keep themselves on track. Heading to the gym together, lunching together and being disciplined together, not only keeps them accountable for themselves but to each other. Having a buddy is a great way to stay motivated, feel supported and have a lot of fun along the way!
Go to the Gym at Lunch
Thinking it’s not possible to fit in a workout in your lunch break? It’s easier than you think according to General Manager Brendan. With a little bit of planning, Brendan fits in a quick workout at a local gym before heading back to work feeling rejuvenated and ready for anything the afternoon throws at him (and that can be a lot!). So, a couple of times a week, pack a gym bag, pre-prep a hearty sandwich and make your way to the gym.
Be Active at the Office
Going to the gym at lunch time is not something we can all achieve, so keeping active at the office is an achievable and refreshing way to make a difference to your health. Director Tapel stands up at his desk for most of the day and swears by it. Although it may sound like a bit of an effort, the theory behind it suggests that standing at your desk increases productivity and dramatically lowers the rates of obesity, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Marketing officer, Emily, is a true believer in emailing less and talking more. Every couple of emails, instead of hitting send, she walks to their desk and has the conversation face-to-face instead (it makes getting interview quotes much faster!). Taking those few extra steps and stretching your legs not only increases productivity and job satisfaction, but also increases creativity and collaboration while challenging you to consider alternate communication means.
So that was an update on CFB’s fitness endeavours! We believe that by changing your daily routine, even just slightly, you can improve your overall health — both mentally and physically. Even when you are at work all day and have less time for the gym, there are still many things you can do to keep your body fit, and we hope this article has given you some ideas on how to achieve your goals or even set new ones.
If you would like to keep up to date with future fitness updates, then keep tabs on our Facebook and Twitter pages for pictures, Steptember updates and more heath tips for the 9-5 worker.
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