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Learn why forward-thinking employers are eschewing one-off programs for a "culture of wellness" that prioritizes health and movement.
With the new year in full swing, there’s no time like the present to start achieving your health and wellness goals! Maintaining a healthy diet, getting enough sleep and making exercise part of your daily routine are all integral to a healthy lifestyle, but, with busy schedules and daily meetings, keeping track of these factors can easily fall to the wayside. Luckily, there are a variety of state-of-the-art wearable technologies available that make tracking your personal health goals easier and more precise than ever.
Daylight Savings has officially come to an end, and while we typically enjoy the extra hour of sleep November brings, this drastic time change can also mean major setbacks for health and wellness. A lack of daylight can disrupt sleep cycles, cause depression and has even been linked to poor heart health. In an office setting, the lack of natural light can have a huge impact on productivity, directly affecting factors like mood, alertness and metabolism. While you may not be able to control the sunlight, there are certain steps you can take to maintain your physical and mental wellness when the time comes to “fall back.” Here are our wellness tips to stay healthy and happy when the sun goes down.
“Did you get your flu shot?” We hear this phrase time and time again, sometimes choosing to ignore it as an unnecessary precaution. What you may not know, however, is that the flu contributes to an estimated $7 billion in lost productivity due to sick days. According to the Centers for Disease Control, that sum equates to a total of 111 million missed workdays a year! To ensure you stay at peak health all year round, consider making time for regular checkups at your local health clinic.
It seems like it’s always those months right before the holidays when deadlines start to pile up and skipping the gym becomes a habit. If you’re experiencing a lack of workout motivation during busy autumn days, there are plenty of ways to stay active without straying too far from the office. KINETIC, fueled by Irvine Company, will encourage you to work smart and live well with a variety of resources, including walking maps and state-of-the-art fitness equipment. If you’re ready to start moving, check out the list below.
Whether you’re sticking to a vegetarian regimen or simply want to incorporate more veggies into your diet, there are plenty of protein-packed, veggie-based recipes that will keep you satisfied and energized. It’s a common myth that vegetarian diets lack the nutrition needed to keep you full throughout the day. In fact, vegetarians have shown to have the same levels of essential vitamins, like iron, when compared to meat-eaters. Vegetarian diets have also proven to have numerous health benefits, contributing to lower blood pressure and cholesterol and a decreased risk of chronic disease. More nutrients and less saturated fat makes for heightened longevity and reduced risk of chronic disease. Plus, with so many vibrant ingredients to choose from, you’ll never get bored! If you’re interested in learning some new recipes that will help you work smart and live well, check out our list below.
It seems like everyone is on the move at Irvine Towers! With over one million square feet of workspace that spans five buildings, this dynamic Irvine Company Office Property offers an energetic, community feel in the heart of Irvine.
Meetings, deadlines, presentations, events. With so much on the schedule, it’s easy to put your health and wellness by the wayside. According to the American Psychological Association, Americans are more stressed today than any other point in the last decade and this trend is making its way into the workplace.
When you eat well, you feel well – that’s common knowledge – but sometimes busy workdays leave little time for dinner prep. A Harvard Business Review article noted that 62 percent of high-earning individuals work more than 50 hours a week, saying the 60-hour workweek “is now practically considered part-time.”
Making it to the gym isn’t always easy. It takes motivation, time and dedication to fit regular exercise into your daily routine. According to Nielson, 36 percent of regular exercisers participate in group fitness, with options like yoga and pilates leading the way in popularity. Of those surveyed, the majority of participants seek out group fitness classes because it creates a fun environment for their exercise routine. More specifically, guests enjoy the “great music,” “motivation” and structured exercise style that group fitness classes provide.
Strength training can provide a variety of benefits for mind and body. Comprised of machine weights, free weights and bodyweight-driven exercises, strength training relies on resistance and repetition to boost endurance and strength.
When you’re jetting off to your next meeting, it may seem like there’s little time to stop for a lunch break. However busy you get, eating meals throughout the day is a must. Healthy and nutritious food will provide you with the fuel needed to physically and mentally tackle the day’s challenges.
Looking for new ways to work smart and live well? A bike share program provides an effective and engaging way to promote physical health and overall productivity in the workplace. Irvine Company Office has partnered with Zagster to give employees access to free bike share services.
When it comes to office design, the smallest details can make a big impact on health and wellness. Posture, productivity, stress, and muscle pain are just a few factors that are drastically impacted by office environments. It is estimated that up to 54 percent of Americans who suffer from lower back pain spend most of their day sitting at a desk. As of 2015, injuries due to lower back pain alone cost employers approximately $34,600 in medical and disability claims. In addition to being costly and physically harmful, workplace injury can also lead to absenteeism and depression, both key contributors to lack of productivity in the workplace.
During a busy workday, stretching before a workout may be the last thing on your mind. When your schedule fills to the brim, stretching prior to an exercise session may seem like a waste of time, but studies show just how important stretching is for the body and mind. In fact, stretching throughout the day, especially at the workplace, has been proven to reduce stress levels, decrease muscle stiffness and promote overall health so you can work smart and live well.
When the weather warms up, there’s nothing like getting outside for a little exercise. Luckily, there are plenty of workout ideas that activate the body and provide an excellent workout while embracing the natural beauty of the great outdoors. Even better, outdoor exercise has been proven to lower stress and boost mental health, promoting an overall healthy lifestyle. Researchers at Leeds Metropolitan University have linked daily workouts with higher productivity, better time management and more effective communication. Employees who exercise during the workday go home feeling more satisfied.
Achieving a productive work life is all about balance! In addition to staying active and drinking plenty of water, eating nutritious meals throughout the day will help you beat the dreaded midday slump. If you have a busy schedule, consider whipping up an easy recipe after work that makes great lunch leftovers for the rest of the week. Not only is it filling, pasta is an easy meal to store and tastes great heated up or cold. To really free up your schedule, consider cooking up a large batch of noodles and use it as the base for a variety of pasta dishes.
It’s almost summer! If you’re anything like the KINETIC team, we have been pushing ourselves hard to get ready for all of the outdoor excitement that summer brings.
For all of us here at KINETIC, it has been a truly fantastic experience seeing our new fitness centers come to life while helping our Irvine Company customers set and meet their fitness and wellness goals.
Did you know you’re usually dehydrated? It’s generally been found that everyone who’s working out, even professional athletes, are usually not drinking enough water.
Spring is here! We’ve got sunshine, flowers blooming, the spring holidays and a great opportunity to do some spring cleaning at home and at work.
Three weeks in, how are you progressing with our 21-day Miles for March Challenge? The KINETIC team is seeing our endurance up and improvements to our pace, and we hope you’re seeing similar results! If you haven’t started yet, there’s no better time than now, trust us.
With spring comes a great opportunity to talk to your physician about a spring checkup. A visit to a qualified healthcare professional is an ideal starting point to getting insightful advice that will help you put your health and wellness goals into action.
At KINETIC, March Madness isn’t so much a basketball tournament as it is a challenge to improve our overall fitness. And we’re a competitive bunch here who love to set goals, so we’ve created our newest 21 day challenge and are inviting you to participate.
Whatever you’re celebrating on February 14, here at KINETIC we want you to have a great workout. We’re all for togetherness whether at the gym, working out or meal planning, and there’s no better day of the year to grab a workout buddy and burn some calories than Valentine’s Day!
If you’ve been thinking about getting started with meal prep, there’s no better time than now! For anyone who is looking to achieve health and wellness success, meal prep is one of the key factors in reaching your goals. Not only is it one of the most efficient ways to stick to your eating plan, it also will help you to reduce your monthly food budget as you’re not going to be eating out for lunch every day.
If you’ve enjoyed a yoga class or two, you understand the power of clearing your mind. In February, those of us here at KINETIC have chosen to focus on how to add serenity to our daily lives in order to improve our overall wellness. Today, we’re starting with meditation.
For a lot of us, making resolutions is a great way to start the year, but we struggle to actually stick to them past January. This is why at KINETIC, we’ve adopted goals in place of resolutions for 2017, to get where we want to go with our fitness and wellness.
We all have a driving desire to better our overall health. Whether you’re changing your diet or increasing your daily exercise, the motivation is there and you’re probably making great progress! However the unfortunate truth is that if we aren’t getting up at least once an hour, it’s likely that the sedentary lifestyle of working at a desk is reducing a lot of the success we may achieve.
When it comes to making healthy decisions, there’s no limit to your options for breakfast, unless you consider the time that it can take to whip up a batch of flourless banana pancakes (our personal favorite). However, time shouldn’t stop you from eating healthy in the morning or starting your day off on the right foot.
It’s a 24-7, always connected, “never off” world these days, at least for those of us in the workplace. Taking personal time even for a quick bite to eat sometimes just isn’t an option, never mind making it to the gym for a workout. However, a lot of companies are encouraging employees to take advantage of their lunch breaks to improve their productivity and overall health.
As part of KINETIC, we want to empower our visitors to find new ways to incorporate wellness into their lives at work and at home! From today, we’ll be providing you with ideas for planning healthy and fast recipes to enjoy at home or at the office.
Too often, it’s easy to spend entire workday indoors, glued to your computer and mobile devices. Getting outside for a quick break can sometimes feel like recess, and you may believe that you’re not allowed that given your “status” as “accomplished professional”.
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