Workplace Wellness: A Step At A Time

Posted March 23, 2014 by Texas Two Steppin' - 6 comments

Wellness Program_WalkI have been working in an office environment for more years than I’d like to admit, but last year was the first time I had a chance to participate in a corporate wellness challenge.

I think most people recognize that office work is usually sedentary work. You are sort of being paid to sit still and think for hours. Maybe you’re at a meeting or training your team or answering calls or typing away on a report. But nevertheless, you are sitting and not getting nearly enough exercise. Which leads to health issues. Which leads to extensive medical treatments. Which leads to more sitting.

Our organization has been trying to stop the cycle by challenging us to do something simple, and I think it’s a great idea. We are being asked to walk 200 miles in 10 weeks to win prizes and bragging rights (which are often more valuable than the prizes LOL). I know 20 miles a week–about 3 miles a day–sounds relatively simple. But when you wear a pedometer and actually log your steps, you realize how little you truly move during the day. Some days I don’t even make it a mile, and I always skip the elevator and take the stairs, even in my four-inch heels!

After Week One it was obvious to all of us that you’d never meet the goal unless you put in some walking time after-hours. I committed to Zumba three times a week, but that wasn’t even enough to get me to 40,000 steps/week. So weekends, after my morning coffee, I would grab my iPod and walk around town to log some miles. Now, that might not sound like an extraordinary feat to you, but in my small town people don’t walk unless they are too young to have a driver’s license or are a tourist from up North.

Although I tried, I missed the goal in the first challenge. I didn’t participate in the second one, but the third time was the charm! Our fourth challenge starts tomorrow, and I know I will be successful because I plan to update you on my weekly progress. The fear of public humiliation is a great motivator, and while I know you will be kind, I know you will keep me focused on the goal. I’d love to hear any advice you have for incorporating exercise/steps into your daily routine, and who knows, maybe you’ll even join me on this walking challenge?

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6 thoughts on "Workplace Wellness: A Step At A Time"

  1. TX2Steppin' says:

    Just submitted my first week mileage–over 20 miles walked! Thanks to my team for agreeing to walking meetings and for the weather for cooperating so we could truly enjoy our 15 minutes away from our desks.

  2. TX2Steppin' says:

    Last week I made my goal of walking 20+ miles in a week! The weather is amazing here and I’ve totally been taking advantage of it. Today I did more than 4 miles–woohoo!

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      Way to go! The weather here in Wyoming has warmed up as well so I’ve gotten two runs in this week, and even with that I know I’m not up to 20 miles. Keep up the great work sis!

  3. TX2Steppin' says:

    Woke up early and already started the weekend with 1.54 miles! Feels so much better than just catching up on my shows (I won’t forego that treat; I’ll just save it for when it’s too dark to take a stroll!).

  4. TX2Steppin' says:

    It has been crazy busy at work, so I am sadly reporting that I didn’t meet my goals for the past two weeks. But the good news is that my team is doing great–so proud of them all! I’m hoping to make up some miles this week; I’ll let you know how it goes.

  5. TX2Steppin' says:

    I was doing really great. I was on pace to make my goal. And then I was at a conference for a week and couldn’t go to Zumba. I never realized how many miles I add even though I am indoors! The good news is that although I didn’t make my goal, several of the people in my department did, and I’m all about supporting them and cheering them on. Checkout this Prairie Wife of the Week about one of them: http://prairiewifeinheels.com/prairie-wife-week-may-30-2014/

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