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We spend one-third of our lives at work. Somewhere between meetings and deadlines, we find ourselves faced with stress and anxiety as we try to balance our workload—and personal life. It’s no surprise then that wellness in the workplace is becoming an important area of focus for many employers.
In the last two years, an estimated 12.5 million working days were ‘lost’ in the UK due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety. A recent MINDBODY UK study* found that almost a quarter of participants always felt stressed or anxious. So how do we limit these negative emotions? By making our wellness a priority.
“We all know that when we are healthy, we are more able to face challenges—and the working world is clearly waking up to this idea, too,” says yoga instructor Andy Kobelinsky. “Many of the yogis who come to my classes do so to help them cope with work stress. Yoga improves posture and breathing, boosts morale and shows you how to go with the flow!”
From clearing your calendar for Savasana to utilizing office resources, here are three ways you can benefit from workplace wellness:
Incentives and prioritizing wellness at work can promote health and well-being. If your employer offers flexible working options, make the most of it by finding time for a workout or appointment. Whether it’s a meditation session between meetings, midday massage or an afternoon cycling class, the MINDBODY app makes fitness, wellness, and beauty more accessible in your area, even on the busiest days. With easy-to-use filters, you can reserve a spot, get your workout or self-care session on, and be back at your desk and ready to go in no time at all.
Exercise is known to have a positive impact on mental health and boost mood. Who doesn’t want to be happier at work? From a relaxing Vinyasa flow to a quick cardio blast class, we’ve found five workout sessions for all fitness levels that can fit into your lunch hour:
Workout Type: Pilates
Try This Class: Reformer 45 | Express 45
Where: Bootcamp Pilates, Strand | Fulham
Time: 30 minutes
Workout Type: Yoga
Try This Class: Flow Express
Where: Yoga Hub, Dublin
Time: 45 minutes
Workout Type: Interval + strength training
Try This Class: Workout of the day
Where: SW3AT Studio
Time: 15 - 45 minutes
Try This Class: Stretch
Where: Xtend Barre
Time: 45 minutes
Workout: Hot Yoga
Try This Class: Power Yoga Express
Where: Tribe Yoga, Edinburgh
Time: 60 minutes
Employers who cultivate a positive, healthy culture stand out from their competition. As millennials—who are set to make up 75% of the workforce by 2025—enter employment, company culture and work-life balance is a priority. With perks like on-site yoga classes, discounts on fitness, wellness and beauty services or employee wellness challenges, companies can implement various ways to help employees feel well. A happier, healthier workforce increases productivity, which in turn, makes the workplace a better environment, attracting and retaining talent.
To find out how technology, nutrition, design and mental health can have a positive impact in any workplace, we attended Unwired’s WELLNESS 18 Conference in London. By listening to panels lead by expert speakers and participating in wellness strategy workshops, it was clear that workplace programs need to include online and offline resources to be truly successful. From education to action items, wellness initiatives at work can positively benefit you—and your daily grind.
*A survey of 2,000 UK adults, conducted in 2018, using a five-point Likert scale
That’s something I never expected to hear. Think about it: we join gyms and studios because of their equipment, instructors, space, community (and AC, of course). But who’s to say we can’t get all that—or at least most of it—with virtual and online classes, too? In this new wave of wellness, we’re all switching up our fitness routines as we switch up our everyday schedules and habits. It’s not just in-studio or at-home anymore. It’s in-studio, at-home, at the park, beach, parking lot, rooftop...virtual, hybrid, Instagram Live, online, on-demand, and so much more. As we’re adapting, adjusting, finding our groove, etc., online gym memberships enter the fray. Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?
There are tons of benefits to an online gym membership, especially right now.
Let’s break this down:
1. Scheduling convenience
A virtual/online gym fitness membership is a monthly subscription that gives you access to tons of live stream fitness classes you can take anywhere, from studios across the globe. These fitness studios offer tons of at-home workouts, group exercise, and one-on-one training sessions to choose from, no matter your exercise program or fitness level. With so many options, it’s easy to find one that fits your schedule. Whether you want to fit in a morning flow before work, combat that afternoon slump with some cardio, squeeze in some strength training before dinner, or wind down with an evening barre class, you can pick and choose classes to fit your fitness routine.
2. Minimizing exposure to COVID-19
And because they’re online, you can take these classes from the comfort of your home (or wherever you are), thus minimizing your exposure to COVID-19 and eliminating your commute to the gym or studio. By now, many of us have our designated “workout spot,” whether it’s an actual weight room, a quick scooch of the coffee table, or a grassy area in the backyard. Maybe you’re comfortable here... maybe you’ve even learned to love it.
With an online gym membership, you can stay in your safe space/comfy workout spot. Or, you can go somewhere new (local park, beach spot, a different area of the house, you know). You can access these virtual, live stream fitness classes from any device, so you can prop up your phone, laptop, or tablet wherever you want to go, or roll out your mat in front of the big screen TV in your living room.
We all have our favorite, go-to workouts. But sometimes, it feels good to switch it up (especially right now). Working from home all day, many of us are craving some variety and excitement, and an online gym membership can definitely help with that. According to our recent poll about COVID’s effect on our fitness routines, 64% of you have tried new online workouts since the start of the pandemic—I know I have. Maybe it’s because trying new things is easier in the comfort of our homes, maybe we’re finally able to try some classes we normally can’t find locally, or maybe we’re all just bored out of our minds...I don’t know. But I’m excited about it.
With an online gym membership, you can get that spice you’re looking for easily. Start out your Monday by hitting some HIIT, ease your sore muscles with some Restorative Yoga, and end the week with some dance cardio to pretend you’re at the club. The world is yours.
4. Working out without a commute
My favorite part? No commute. There are literally no more excuses when it comes to skipping workouts. No traffic, no schedule conflicts, no fear of returning to the studio. You don’t even have to worry about packing a gym bag with a change of clothes and shower supplies or prepping a snack or protein shake to bring to work. Just shut your computer, throw on some leggings, and get to work.
Community—the element of online fitness memberships we don’t often think of. When we go into studios, we understand the beauty of a fitness community. We’re greeted by our instructors, we chat with others in the class, and we all sweat together and encourage each other throughout. But working out at home is different... or is it?
We can do workouts on our own at home all we want, but we’re definitely going to miss out on the community aspect we all know and love. But, with live stream classes, we can create a different kind of community. The beauty of it? It’s not just your neighbors anymore. Anyone with an online fitness membership can join these classes, regardless of where they’re located in relation to the studio, so you can be working out alongside people from all over the world—now that’s something I can get behind.