This weekend marks the 4th of July which means many families and friends will be getting together for fun and festivities, but along with all of that excitement can come additional calories and extra time in our beach chairs. So while you are at the office before and after the big holiday, there are some easy ways to make up for those corn dogs and cozy nights around the fire… all you have to do is declare independence from your chair!
Take your meeting of the minds outside (no chairs allowed!)
Why not move your meetings out into Mother Nature. The sunshine and summer breeze can help you and your coworkers regain focus and even be more creative. Plus the extra time on your feet will help you burn more calories and fight off other pains and strain from sitting all day. Enjoy your lunch outside too; get the grill going and have everyone bring a red, white and blue inspired healthy dish to pass. Need some ideas? Here are some festive food ideas you may want to try:
Afterwards, you can work off your fare with a friendly game like kickball or baseball to bring your team together.
Taking a walk to where your local parade is being held is a great way to get exercise and support your community members. Enjoy watching the parade this year, but think about signing up your company to be a part of it next 4th of July. Not only is it a great way to be healthy as a team, but you can show your patriotism as a company and show off what you work so hard on all year long. Other options for healthy ideas on the 4th include running or walking a 5K with your office mates or taking a trip to an area park for festivities. There are plenty of options to be active, plus who doesn’t want an excuse to get out of the office on a nice summer day?
Stand up for yourself
If you just can’t get out of the office, that’s OK, you can still get your activity in thanks to a height adjustable office desk. If you haven’t added one of these to your work space yet, now may be a good time to do it; in the summer many of us tend to be more active, so you may find it easier to work it into your routine now. Standing for just a few hours out of your workday can help you fight off the “sitting disease” epidemic which continues to make headlines. Here’s where you can find out everything you need to know about sitting disease, your risks, and how to prevent it:
Don’t forget you can have some fun with your furniture by adorning it with your favorite red white and blue accessories, and if you are lucky enough to have a treadmill desk at your work area too, you can take a stroll while donning your best stars and stripes attire.
You can use your lunch hour or breaks at work to get in a little extra activity during the workday. Taking time for some enjoyable and easy exercises can get your blood flowing and help boost your productivity. If you are able to take your break in the afternoon, getting up and moving can help you battle the afternoon slump. Here are some fun and festive exercises you may want to try:
Do you have any favorite ways to celebrate Independence Day in your office? Have you seen or heard of anything you think we should try this 4th of July? Let us know in the comments below, and have a fun and safe Fourth!