Encouraging Physical Wellness in Workplace

In this final article looking at the ‘Eight Dimensions of Wellness’, Laura Findlay focuses on the importance of physical wellness.

Physical wellness concerns factors such as undertaking physical activity, eating a healthy diet, and getting an adequate amount of sleep. However, balancing these things and factoring in the time to focus on our physical wellbeing is not always easy when juggling other commitments.

Maintaining our physical health through exercise could include a variety of activities, both gentle and more vigorous, including yoga, cycling, football, running, walking, jogging, skiing, dancing, tennis and even gardening. Exercise comes in many forms, from group sports to solo pursuits, so there’s likely to be something for everyone.

Physical wellness is recognising the need to engage in physical activity, rest and proper nutrition and is vital for a healthy brain and body. If done correctly, regular exercise will improve blood flow, general body fitness, aid weight loss, and provide stress relief. It can also boost our mood.

 Taking proper care of ourselves is a basic need, that is easy to overlook, but it is something that we need to give the real focus it deserves. Poor physical wellbeing can impact other areas of our lives and effect our performance and mental wellbeing.

Workplace Strategies

But where does physical wellness fit into the world of work? And how can we ensure it is prioritised alongside our busy schedules?

For a start, little changes go a long way.

To protect your physical wellbeing while working, make a point of moving during the day and remember to take breaks to get away from your desk. Stay hydrated and make sure you eat lunch – rather than being tempted to work through lunch during busy periods.

If you are working from home as a result of the pandemic, make time for yourself, where possible. Ensure your workstation is set up correctly, so that you are not risking poor posture or back strain. Ideally, find somewhere appropriate to work and avoid slumping on the sofa, if possible. Go for a walk, eat lunch away from your workstation and, most importantly, know when to log off.

If you would like help implementing wellbeing strategies, IHRS can support your organisation in many ways. Email HRhelp@ihrsolutions.co.uk, call 01604 709509 or visit our website.  

About the author

Laura is a HR professional with 20 years’ experience with Financial Services, the majority of which has been within insurance. In her role with UKGI Group, Laura provides objective support to firms on employment law and HR issues. She uses her interpersonal skills and knowledge to work with firms to help them develop strong and resilient HR strategies and establish healthy organisational cultures. Laura’s clients receive personalised support with a real can-do approach.

Laura is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). She holds a Diploma Professional Development Scheme.

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