Growing Business Trend: Exercise-Friendly Work Environments

With employers and businesses promoting exercise-friendly work environments, consistent exercise is easier than ever for our fast-paced professionals.
By: KeyCorp Executives Suites
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Sept. 12, 2014 - PRLog -- There is a growing trend of businesses and employers providing support for fitness and exercise. This outside support makes consistent exercise easier than ever for our time-crunched workforce.

Exercise and healthy friendly work environments come in many flavors. It may take the form of informal walking partners during the lunch hour or company sponsored Weight Watchers Meetings onsite. At KeyCorp Executive Suites in West Palm Beach, it takes the form of promoting healthy trends.

KeyCorp Executive Suites is a local business that offers small businesses and entrepreneurs office space and administrative services, such as (but not limited to) receptionist and copy services. As a result, an eclectic group of businesses have come together under one roof, providing a unique networking and support opportunity for all involved.

KeyCorp has offered a Fitness Boot camp, Zumba que Zumba workout, and has provided to clients a standing up work station. It has also promoted the walking circuit which is available in NORTHPOINT CORPORATE PARK.

Most people spend a third of their day at work and a third of their time sleeping, leaving the remaining third of each day to fill in all the other items they want or need to do.

This makes fitting in proper exercise tricky, especially for those with family responsibilities. Having the opportunity to exercise near work can be an ideal solution.

A study was recently conducted by the University of Chicago. They took 40 healthy young men between the ages of 20 and 30 years and randomly divided them into five groups. Each group was then assigned a particular time of day to exercise vigorously for one hour on a step machine. One group exercised in the morning, one group exercised in the afternoon, another exercised in the evening or at night, and the final group acted as the control by not exercising at all.

Blood samples were taken and studied. It was found that cortisol and thyrotrophin levels were significantly higher in those men that exercised in the evening or at night then those that exercised at other times. In addition, glucose levels decreased in those same subjects.

The blood results suggest that their metabolisms were adjusting favorably to the regular exercise and that it may be better to train after work rather than first thing in the morning.

There is a debate on whether or not this is true for most and requires further study.

Ultimately, experts agree that the best time for a person to exercise is the time when they are most likely to consistently exercise. Some exercise is better than no exercise, so if a person needs to roll out of bed and immediately go for a run to make sure they include exercise in their routine, then that is the best time for them. If, on the other hand, a person needs time to wake up and limber up and would rather exercise immediately after work, than that’s all right as well.

The following are some tips to making exercise a habit:

·         Focus on consistency, rather than on time of day or intensity. When are you more likely to keep it up? When do you most often feel like exercising? Having the emotional boost of “being in the mood” to exercise will make it less a chore and more a habit.

·         Don’t overdo it. Weight control and health can be maintained with moderate and consistent exercise and proper nutrition. Carefully add and implement ramped up exercises as your system can tolerate with an eye towards avoiding injury.

·         Eat some healthy carbs before exercising. Muscles need glycogen during exercise and are primed for exercise after digesting carbohydrates. This means it’ll be easier to establish a consistent exercise routine if you exercise after a meal or snack. Vigorous exercising on an empty stomach can lead to muscle exhaustion, sometimes referred to as “hitting a wall”, and possible muscle injury.

Alberto Siblesz

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