Ask anyone in a management or director position and they’ll tell you the most expensive part of any business isn’t the Christmas party or the annual company conference: it’s the cost of people being off sick.
Fitness has had a bit of a revolution over the last few years but office culture doesn’t half make it HARD to be healthy! There always seems to be someone who’s just come back from holiday (and has brought in cakes) or a charity day (which involves the obligatory cake sale) or one of the account managers is turning 30 (and has turned up with…you guessed it, a bucket-load of cake, which is perilously close to your desk).
Then of course there’s the fact that you’re sitting down pretty much all day … How can walking across the office to get a second slice of cake be the best exercise you get all day? Is it any wonder that as a nation we’re facing a sickness epidemic?
Making Your Workplace Healthier
Apart from possessing superhuman willpower to avoid the endless stream of sugar supplies into the office, there are a few things you can do to make your workplace a bit healthier. We’ve seen a few January detoxes lined up already and SportStylist has spotted numerous running clubs and ‘Fruit Fridays’ popping up around the capital.
The sitting down all day thing is still an issue though: how can we combat that when working on a computer (which we need to do our jobs) invariably involves being stationary?
Enter the best Christmas present your boss could possibly get for you – arguably even better than a free bar at the Christmas do.
The Technogym Wellness Ball
The Wellness Ball has upgraded the experience of sitting in our meeting room from slouch central to endorphin-boosting ‘active sitting’, the term used to describe these supercharged Swiss Balls brought to us by fitness masterminds Technogym.
No longer do you have to spend hours subconsciously hunched over your keyboard only to go home with a back stiffer than a Christmassy candy cane.
The Wellness Ball encourages you to sit properly with good, ballerina-esque posture – slouching on these things is pretty much impossible. Your abdominal and lumbar muscles will have to make thousands of tiny, micro-movements to keep you stable, strengthening them without you even realising. Abs of steel? Bring ‘em on!
Gift for SportStylist Readers
Technogym has kindly given SportStylist readers 10% off the Wellness Ball by using code ‘SportStylist10‘– so send this code to your boss and make 2017 the ‘Year of Health’!