Technology is such a huge part of our lives now that it is incorporated into everything. Smart phones, tablets and laptops are such a great help to us at work and at home and assist us with anything from research to recipes.
Technology has also become a huge factor in our fitness, with workout apps and dieting advice being delivered straight to our phone to keep us healthy. But instead of taking your phone with you to the gym, there are better technologies that can be worn to help you with your fitness.
Wearing tech is a great way to monitor your health and fitness and a reliable motivator to keep going on those body goals. Having a monitor around your wrist or as a necklace, that tracks your everyday activity compels you to beat yourself each day. Taking the stairs, walking to work and moving around at your desk are great ways to burn extra calories that you’ll be able to see on your wearable tech.
Not only is it great competition against yourself, wearable tech can be used to motivate the whole workplace! By investing in some pieces that monitor fitness levels, colleagues can compete against each other to see who burns the most during the day. By creating some healthy in-office competition, you’re also creating a supportive environment and healthy habits where colleagues can work off each other to keep fit and get their fitness levels up and their weight down.
A great way to keep fit in the workplace is to have some healthy competition between colleagues. Implementing schemes that have prizes such as a free personal training session, a rostered day off or a valuable incentive will have employees working hard to a achieve a goal, while getting fit and healthy.
A recent study has highlighted the importance of keeping active throughout the day with nearly two thirds of employees admitting to higher levels of engagement and productivity when they have participated in wellbeing programs at work. Officeworks health and safety manager Angela Kostanopoulos knows all about keeping her workers healthy and how great it is for them and their productivity. With that in mind, she has put together her top tips for keeping yourself healthy and utilising some great wearable tech to track your progress.
- Get a good night’s sleep: If you’re not getting six to eight hours sleep each night, you may experience a lack of concentration and fatigue at work. Use the Fitbit Charge HR Activity Tracker Large RRP $193.00 to monitor your sleeping pattern.
- Get a training buddy: Try group fitness with colleagues to not only boost your mood, but to also help build better teamwork within the workplace. You can share your progress with each toher by setting up a group within the Fitbit App. Try the Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity and Sleep Wristband RRP $99.00 – some healthy competition goes a long way!
- Standing desk: Standing desks are growing in demand and trending in many large corporations including Google, partly due to the health implications of sitting all day. Speak to your boss about getting a standing desk if you’re concerned.
- The little things count: The workplace is full of everyday exercise opportunities. Take the stairs, put your hand up to do the coffee run, stretch while you’re waiting at the printer and get up and grab a glass of water every hour. Keep count of energy burned and duration of activity with the 3SIXT Edge Activity Tracker RRP $64.00.
- Step outside: Don’t underestimate the power of fresh air and sunlight, even just ten minutes outside the workplace can help awaken the mind and provide your daily dose of Vitamin D. Take advantage of sunny days by using the Motorola Moto 360 $299.00 to check the daily weather forecast.
- Move your way: When it comes to exercise, it’s not one size fits all. For example, ditch the work run club if jogging isn’t your thing and try something low impact like swimming. Clocking laps before, during or after work can be tracked by the waterproof Misfit Shine Activity Tracker RRP $108.00.
- Feed your brain: Food fuels brainpower and the good news is over 65 per cent of employees are aware of this. You can use the Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity and Sleep Wristband RRP $99.00 to track your calorie intake and manage your energy levels.
- Set an alarm: Alarms aren’t only for waking up in the morning; you can use them as reminders to get up and move. Use the Motorola Moto 360 Silver RRP $299.00 to set regular notifications to stand up and stretch, go for a short walk or shift eye focus from the computer screen regularly.
- Stay connected: Time is money, which is why we’re increasingly required to work on the go. Never miss an e-mail, text, incoming call, or appointment by syncing the Samsung Gear Live Black RRP $188.00 to your smartphone.
Investing in some wearable technology can help you monitor your day-to-day activity and let you know if you need to step up your workouts or add a little extra in. Officeworks has a great range of wearable technology that can help you achieve your body goals and actually know what your body is doing every day.
Wearable tech is a great way to keep yourself happy, motivated and focused, not only in the workplace, but also at home. Staying productive isn’t just about activity; it’s also about keeping your brain healthy by getting enough sleep, eating well and taking rest when needed.
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