How to Get Your Exercise When Working from a Salt Lake City Virtual Office

virtual office staying healthySitting kills, and it’s not just the fact that society as a whole is exercising less either. It’s the fact that many of us are sitting for eight, 10, 12 hours a day, including all the sitting we do at work as well as the commute and when we come home and watch TV. Recent research has found that prolonged sitting is just as deadly as smoking and that its linked to an increased risk of a variety of diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

Fortunately, with a Salt Lake City virtual office, or any virtual office for that matter, it’s very easy to incorporate exercise into your workday. Here’s how to sit less, move a little more, and delay the onset of early death.

“Commute” to Work

If you have a virtual office, then it’s likely that you’re working from home and only using the office from time to time. However, this doesn’t mean that your “commute” has to be straight from the kitchen to the home office. Instead, get a little morning exercise by walking around the block or walking to the coffee shop and back. Then, you’ve commuted to work and you can begin your duties for the day.

Adding this ritual not only gives you a chance to move around, but it also puts you into the mindset of work. Getting ready for work is also psychological, and this aspect of “getting ready” can be lost when you aren’t stuck in rush hour traffic and you’re not starting the day with a morning meeting or greetings from your coworkers. Including an activity to help you get ready for work psychologically can help you to be more productive throughout the day.

Get Up about Once Every Hour

Moving about doesn’t have to mean 20 minutes of cardiovascular exercise or spending an hour at the gym. Simply making a point to get up every hour to go to the bathroom, to refill your water bottle, or even to stretch or to do a few lunges is very good for your body. After all, you don’t have to do you 20 or 30 minutes of exercise all at once. Sneak in a few minutes throughout the day, and find ways to walk instead of driving or taking the elevator. Every little bit of movement adds up to keeping your energy levels at their peak throughout the day.

If you can’t get up, such as when you’re in the middle of a meeting or presentation, then desk exercises are a discreet way to move about without interrupting the meeting or presentation. Desk exercises are activities like leg extensions and calf raises, where you hold each leg for 10 seconds before switching. No one would think anything of it because it’s likely nearly everyone wants to stand up and stretch.

Start Small and Work Your Way Up

One of the reasons why incorporating exercise and including more physical activity into your life is difficult is that people start off trying to do too much. Even 30 minutes a week can seem like a lot, so most people don’t end up doing it because getting the exercise becomes overwhelming. Instead, start small. Starting with just 10 minutes a week, or doing something more physical each day. Instead of setting a goal of going to the gym three times a week, which can sound like a lot, start by setting a goal of taking the stairs three times a week, or going for a walk once a week. Once the smaller goal is too easy, then you can work your way up to those larger, more time-consuming goals. By then, those goals aren’t as overwhelming because you’ve already made exercising somewhat of a habit.

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Can Virtual Offices Encourage Community Service?

virtual offices community serviceWorkplace flexibility is the new buzzword in recruiting, management, and overall business operations. It’s something employees, both young and old, want when considering a position, so workplace flexibility is something employers need to consider just to retain and to attract the best people. However, it could also be something that encourages community service, so employers who want to improve their corporate social responsibility efforts or image ought to consider it as well.

According to the “Parents & Work” survey from FlexJobs, workplace flexibility could lead to an increase in community involvement. Eighty-nine percent of parents say that a flexible job would allow them to spend more time volunteering in their children’s school and organized activities. Fifty percent of those would be first-time volunteers.This not only ties into the ability for parents to be better parents by spending more time with their children, but it also means children are taught the value of helping others and more people getting involved with causes outside of school and organized events.

Virtual Offices Are a Flexible Workplace Option

If increased community service is something you want to incorporate into your life, or into the corporate culture of your company, then consider virtual offices as an option to get that started. First of all, virtual offices can reduce or eliminate the commute time, giving those employees with kids the chance to spend more time with their family while also having a bit more time to work (on average, Americans spend 23.7 minutes getting to work, so that’s an extra hour per day with virtual offices). Second of all, virtual offices can save your company money, such as reducing utilities costs, real estate costs, relocation costs, loss productivity etc. Virtual offices are not only great for your employees, but they can be a great option for the company’s bottom line as well.

Part Time Virtual Offices are Also a Good Thing

If unsure if working from home will work for you, or if it’ll be good for your company or your employees, then try a part-time or once a week option. Not only can the option help retain and attract great talent, but even a part-time option is something employees will go for. Followed by telecommuting 100% of the time (30%), the FlexJobs survey found that people wouldn’t mind telecommuting some of the time (26%), having a part-time schedule (21%), or even having a freelance contract (11%). Part-time options would still make a big difference with both volunteering and being a better parent, while being a nice compromise for employers who don’t want to jump fully into virtual office solutions.

Why You Want Your Employees to Do Community Service

Volunteerism may not seem like a big benefit, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a meaningful one. The Corporation for National & Community Service found that there were health benefits to volunteering, such as lower rates of depression and a greater sense of self-worth and trust. This translates to happier, healthier employees who are much more positive and productive when doing their work. Volunteerism also provides additional ways for the company to get involved, and for the company to increase its exposure. This includes matching donations, organizing a company-wide event to contribute to something your employees are passionate about, sponsoring an event, or even highlighting what you’re employees are doing in a company blog or newsletter. If your employees are doing great things for other people, why not do great things for them and the causes they are working hard on?

So, how about it? Encourage your employees to volunteer and to get involved by making it easier! Virtual office solutions are the way to do that without forcing people to volunteer!