Like most office jobs our roles are very sedentary. It would be easy to spend the full day at our desks and even walking to the printer and the rest room and the break room does not add up to many steps. We do care about the team’s health. Our office has two treadmill desks, which have shown some of us are better at walking while typing than others! We also have a standing desk, balls instead of chairs, and each new employee gets a Fitbit. We encourage people to stay healthy and get their steps in. Northern California is an area with wonderful weather, usually, and many of us take a walk around the block at some point in the day. We’ve had the chance to meet Bill as he’s on his daily walk, he’s the most energetic 95 year old ever! Sometimes we see our letter carrier, kids and parents walking home from the nearby school, or the couple who watch their preschool grandchild during the day. We’re anxiously awaiting the opening of a nearby coffee shop too!
Our office is in an interesting area, commercial on one side and residential on the other. The walks give us a chance to know the neighborhood and nearby residents better. Also, importantly, research shows getting up and getting exercise, improves your productivity at work, your overall health, and reduces stress. Not only all that, a study from the Journal of Neurology shows exercise slows brain aging by 10 years! Read the article here. Just as we encourage our employees to get up and get moving we encourage you to do so as well. Take a few more steps next week than last!