Workplace Exercise Program

Workplace exercise program the Pilates way!

Work is tough.  Sitting all day, working at the computer, reading emails is very hard on the body.  A day at the desk can translate into low energy, fatigue and often minor to severe back pain.  The sad thing is that even with 8 or more hours a day at work, all that sitting makes employees less productive.  People need to move!   Movement is what keeps employees not only more productive, but happier and more energetic. A workplace exercise program if handled correctly can mean a huge boost to employee productivity.

There are many benefits to offering a workplace exercise program. Here are a few:

1) Employees who don’t have time to workout are now able to do so.

2) Produces a healthier and fitter workplace

3) Fewer sick days for employees (because of number 2)

4) Increased productivity

5) A competitive benefit to offer to new hires and to keep current employees engaged.

Pilates mat work lends itself well to an in office fitness program.  First of all, to teach a group mat class all one needs is a large enough space and a mat.  That’s it.  Another great benefit of teaching a Pilates mat class is that even though it is a thorough and intense work-out, employees can go right back to work.  Some work-outs are so intense and so sweaty that employees need to shower and clean up making it difficult to squeeze the session in on a lunch break.

The mat class can be done in less than 50 minutes giving the employees enough time to get back to their desks. It can be offered at lunch time or, with time and commutes permitting, at the end of the work day.

A colleague of mine teaches two mat Pilates classes at a medium size company. The classes are held in a conference room and each student is responsible for bringing his or her own mat.   Management discovered even after a short time that the students came back from class refreshed, eager to get back to work and in a better mood.   She offers her classes around the lunch hour so that employees get a nice break from work and don’t have to come in early or leave late.  She tells me that management loves the way everyone comes back feeling so much more energized.  Even the management pops in from time to time and they too feel great.

There are two monetary ways to offer Pilates classes to employees:  One is to let the employees pay for the class and the second way is to have the company cover the cost of the class. Different session packages are available as well.

A Pilates mat class is the perfect program for employees.  It works the entire body and makes everyone feel like they just had their internal batteries recharged.  It’s a great way to keep everyone fit, healthy and happy.

For further information on how you can bring Pilates to your workplace please contact Susan Sommers at 646-382-7911.

Pilates Body NYC is the Upper West Side Pilates studio that come to you. We make Pilates convenient!

Workplace Posture

Many of us spend much of our day in an office which in turn makes our ‘Workplace Posture’ extra important. How you sit all day will have a direct effect on your body. If you sit incorrectly hour after hour how can you expect to stand correctly at the end of the day?! So lets take a look at how your workstation measures up.

Here is a checklist you can use as a guide

♦ Your Chair

Should support your lower back

Your feet should rest firmly on the ground (or footrest) slightly in front of you

♦ Your Monitor

Should be directly in front of you, at an arm’s length distance with your eyes at the same level as the tool bar

♦ Your Mouse

Should be positioned close to you near the edge of the desk

♦ Your Keyboard

Should be centered in front of you and near the edge of the desk

How do you know if you are sitting correctly?

Posture checklist

  • Is your back straight, maintaining all 3 natural curves of your spine
  • Is your weight distributed evenly on both hips
  • Is your head and neck aligned over your shoulders
  • Are you sitting back in your chair; being supported by the seat bac
  • Avoid sitting for long periods of time; get up from your chair often. Take a walk, and stretch.

Have you ever considered an exercise break for lunch?

Pilates which teaches you body awareness and how to move more efficiently can be your perfect answer.  Learn to use your deep core muscles – the abdominals, back, and pelvic floor – which support your posture this will allow your shoulders to relax, your neck and head to move more freely, and will relieve stress on the hips, legs, and feet.

 

Pilates Body NYC offers Pilates in your Workplace throughout New York City. Bring wellness and balance to your workplace with a Pilates break.

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