Want to be healthy at work? Professionals share tips for avoiding donuts, remembering walking breaks and more

Did you miss the #fitatwork chat last week on Twitter? @Corpwellness and me, @MissEClare, held a chat about creating (and maintaining) a culture of wellness in the office.

What followed was a bunch of healthy tips and thoughts on fitness and health at work. Check out the ideas shared below.


Chatting #fitatwork to keep offices healthy

Did you miss the #fitatwork chat last week on Twitter? @Corpwellness and me, @MissEClare, held a chat about creating (and maintaining) a culture of wellness in the office. What followed was a bunch of healthy tips and thoughts on fitness and health at work. Check out the ideas shared below:

Storified by Emileigh Clare · Mon, Sep 17 2012 11:03:27

Hi All! the #fitatwork chat starts NOW. Introduce yourself – who you are, company you work for, favorite #fitatwork practice… Let’s begin!Wellness Corporate
Hey all! Heather from @corpwellness & @WCSCoaches. My fave #fitatwork practice: our Tabata workouts & walk-breaks!Heather Calcote, RD
Hey chatters! I’m Emileigh Clare, journalist/health blogger @yorkdailyrecord. Fave work health practice is group fitness walks #fitatworkEmileigh Clare
#fitatwork Hi! Dustin here, work at an ad research firm, and we have a personal trainer come to our office every Tue and Thurs! :DDustin Simon
@corpwellness @MissEClare This is the American Heart Association in Central PA. We’re all about walking to be #fitatwork.American Heart Assoc
Hello everyone. Jared, nutritionist and coach @corpwellness. Favorite #fitatwork practice are walks outside – group or solo #fitatworkJared Rice MS RD HFS
Favorite #fitatwork practice – Make and bring your own lunch most days. You know exactly what you’re eating! #fitatworkAmie Hoff
Love it – sounds like a lot of people enjoy the midday walk break! @corpwellness #fitatworkWellness Coaches
@WCSCoaches @corpwellness I just got back from one! ‘Walking Wednesdays,’ an excellent way to remember #fitatworkEmileigh Clare
@misseclare @CorpWellness alliterations can go a long way! Tabata Tuesdays (or Thursdays), Meatless Mondays, etc ;) #fitatworkWellness Coaches
Another favorite #fitatwork practice – Keep water at your desk. All. Day. Long. And sip every 15 min. #fitatworkAmie Hoff
Q1. Do you feel like a culture of healthy eating is supported in your workplace (lunches, free food, treats, etc)? #fitatworkWellness Corporate
At the AHA, we all participate in an online wellness program and get rewarded with PTO for reaching certain goals. #fitatworkAmerican Heart Assoc
Too often people still bring in donuts! Not very #fitatwork…Dustin Simon
We should make a "sugar content" card to put next to them.. ;) RT @dustindsimon: Too often people still bring in donuts! Not very #fitatworkHeather Calcote, RD
@DustinDSimon sometimes I bring in broccoli or sugar snap peas to share with coworkers to avoid the temptations they bring in ha #fitatworkEmileigh Clare
@MissEClare @DustinDSimon I bring carrots, apples, and peppers most days to work. We all snack on them.kitten bot
@MissEClare that’s a great idea! :)Dustin Simon
@DustinDSimon let me know if you try it. it makes it easier to turn down sweets when you’re already munching on something healthy #fitatworkEmileigh Clare
A1. The "health" culture is definitely supported here! No one thinks twice if you’re in a headstand, plank or lunge. #fitatworkHeather Calcote, RD
It can be tough on deadline here so I plan ahead for walks/snacks. #fitatworkEmileigh Clare
Love that my coworkers are willing to walk with me and I can get tips for stability ball sitting http://bit.ly/NkzUUH #fitatworkEmileigh Clare
@corpwellness we have a very healthy office culture! I guzzle water and walk with coworkers every day. My boss comes too! #fitatworkKatherine Haselkorn
Hi there. Journo/editor in DC metro. Work has online group + monthly salad potluck where we talk #fitatwork challenge progress.wbnero
I especially love biking to work. Similar commute time vs. metro, so it’s an all-around win. Plus, work has a shower. #fitatworkwbnero
Nice group support! RT @wbnero …Work has online group + monthly salad potluck where we talk #fitatwork challenge progress. > A.1Wellness Coaches
A1: We have a kitchen where people can bring/store food and do simple cooking for lunch. #fitatworkJared Rice MS RD HFS
Always healthy lunches & snacks. We make group healthly lunches a montly event – cookout in July, smoothies in August. #fitatworkAmerican Heart Assoc
WCS provides #FLF (Free Lunch Friday), which is always a healthy salad bar from a local restaurant #fitatworkJared Rice MS RD HFS
@JBRnutrition do you guys have good turnout? #freefood, and healthy to boot, is pretty amazing #fitatworkEmileigh Clare
@MissEClare We line up! I sometimes call it "empty fridge Friday" because no one brings their lunch. #fitatworkJared Rice MS RD HFS
A1: One company I work with has healthy recipe demos once a month. New ideas and foods make for fun lunches! #fitatworkAmie Hoff
@amiehofffitness our crew would love that! Great way to get new creative cooking ideas. #fitatworkWellness Coaches
@amiehofffitness Great idea. We should try out a new recipe from one of our AHA cookbooks each month! #fitatworkAmerican Heart Assoc
@AHACentralPA I just checked out your cookbooks, love them! Will definitely try them out. #fitatworkAmie Hoff
@AmieHoffFitness Stealing that one! Healthy lunch recipes series would be great. Or healthy last-minute dinners. #fitatworkwbnero
Q2: Your neighbor’s candy jar? Sitting down for hours? What are the biggest challenges to being #fitatwork at your office? #fitatworkWellness Corporate
A2. Busy days that get away from me! Sometimes need to set reminders to walk , stand, stretch, etc. #fitatworkHeather Calcote, RD
@heatherdcRD #Fitatwork reminder tools – @FitBolt, @gethotseatapp #fitatworkJared Rice MS RD HFS
A2: Forgot my lunch. Too stressed and busy for a break. Birthday parties bring ice cream pies. Holiday gifts full of treats. #fitatworkJared Rice MS RD HFS
@corpwellness A2: Building-wide emails about free cookies, cake, brownies. Sitting for hours. Procrastination eating. #fitatworkwbnero
@wbnero …procrastination eating – I can relate to that! It pays to keep nothing but healthy snacks around. #fitatworkJared Rice MS RD HFS
#fitatwork procrastination walk breaks work even better :)Lisa D
Oof. The Birthdays… RT @jbrnutrition: A2: Too stressed and busy for a break. Birthday parties bring ice cream pies… #fitatworkWellness Coaches
Sitting down for hours is tough. Sometimes I feel chained to my desk. I’ve experimented with stability ball and standing desk #fitatworkEmileigh Clare
I’ve heard about pedometers that can buzz to remind you to stand up #fitatwork #fitatworkEmileigh Clare
@MissEClare That would be nice. I use @fitbit with @myfitnesspal to keep track of my foods and steps. #fitatworkkitten bot
Do you prefer either option over sitting? RT @misseclare … I’ve experimented with stability ball & standing desk > A2 #fitatworkWellness Coaches
@WCSCoaches Hard to say but stability ball seems to work better with a variety of shoes. ;) what does everyone else think? #fitatworkEmileigh Clare
@MissEClare @WCSCoaches Re: sitting options – tried them all. Use them all. Standing right now. But I like to mix it up. #fitatworkJared Rice MS RD HFS
@JBRnutrition @WCSCoaches ha sounds like a small interval desk workout, with all of that moving from ball to standing. core work #fitatworkEmileigh Clare
@misseclare ha, good point! We’re lucky to get away with sneaks / comfy shoes, but can certainly understand that challenge! #fitatworkWellness Coaches
@MissEClare @WCSCoaches I recently gave up on my ball because it just stopped being comfortable, want stand desk, but not offered #fitatworkAri Klenicki
@chefboyari I just put a huge box under my laptop. I saw @wsccoaches do the same. Not sure of ergonomics on that yet though #fitatworkEmileigh Clare
@chefboyari Make any desk a standing desk – elevate your screen/keyboard/mouse with a couple boxes, paper reams or large books #fitatworkJared Rice MS RD HFS
I do this everyday! RT @jbrnutrition @chefboyari Make a standing desk-elevate ur screen/keyboard/mouse w/ boxes,paper reams etc #fitatworkHeather Calcote, RD
@MissEClare @chefboyari: ergonomics says you need a separate keyboard and mouse. Screen should be higher than keyboard. #fitatworkJared Rice MS RD HFS
Q3: What workplace activities do you feel would help unify the variety of health habits among coworkers? #fitatworkWellness Corporate
A3.Salad Fridays work magic to bring everyone to the table(literally)! Group walks unite everyone, too (easy/low impact activity) #fitatworkHeather Calcote, RD
: A3: work environments that promote a sense of community, support and built in accountability are always helpful #fitatworkLisa D
@heatherdcRD I miss salad Fridays! #fitatworkLisa D
A3. would love to see classes offered at my office. A short yoga session would help me relax after a morning of breaking news #fitatworkEmileigh Clare
@misseclare Onsite yoga classes are really popular with some of our clients! We’ve done meditation classes, too! #fitatworkWellness Coaches
Instead of a conference room, schedule "walking meetings" on a nice day. Great way to get both your legs and brain moving! #fitatworkAmerican Heart Assoc
@AHACentralPA walking meetings are great idea. sit down meetings can move so slowly! gotta keep people from getting distracted #fitatworkEmileigh Clare
A3. plus physical activity is good for bonding. I’ve learned so much about people I work with just walks. Classes would be great #fitatworkEmileigh Clare
@MissEClare Agreed! Group clases at work are a gr8 way to interact with people you might not otherwise. #FitatworkAmie Hoff
We used to do group stretch breaks at my last job, not quite yoga but your hamstrings feel better :) #fitatworkLisa D
Q4: Why is being #fitatwork important to you? #fitatworkWellness Corporate
@corpwellness A4: When I’m #fitatwork by mind works better, I’m more focused and more productive. AND I’m a nicer person. #fitatworkJared Rice MS RD HFS
Dittooo. RT @jbrnutrition A4: When I’m #fitatwork by mind works better, I’m more focused & productive. AND I’m a nicer person.Heather Calcote, RD
A4: you spend so much time at work, it’s almost too hard to be fit period i you factor out #fitatworkLisa D
Word! RT @simmerdownRD: A4: you spend so much time at work, its almost too hard to be fit period if you factor out #fitatworkJared Rice MS RD HFS
Truth! RT @simmerdownrd: A4: you spend so much time at work, it’s almost too hard to be fit period i you factor out #fitatworkWellness Coaches
A4: I graduated from college, joined working world as overweight young adult. Three years later lost weight, gained back health #fitatworkEmileigh Clare
A4. Fitness & healthy eating are a lifestyle – habits shouldn’t have to be sidelined for 8 hours a day, M-F! #fitatworkHeather Calcote, RD
@simmerdownRD @WCSCoaches work is a big part of our day and we all know little things add up to big benefits! #fitatworkEmileigh Clare
@MissEClare If you think about it. Most people spend all day at work. That’s why it’s important to be #fitatworkJonathan Smith
@corpwellness I really do feel much more productive, sometimes though I wish there was more I could do to be #fitatwork like an actual run!Ari Klenicki
@chefboyari we need showers like @wbnero’s office! #fitatworkEmileigh Clare
@chefboyari maybe onsite showers are in our future!! Fingers crossed… #fitatworkHeather Calcote, RD
@MissEClare @WCSCoaches Showers are also support the alternative commute – #biketowork #fitatworkJared Rice MS RD HFS
@heatherdcRD Stop it! That would be amazing, plus I’d be willing to stay later if I didn’t have to rush to the gym, everyone wins #fitatworkAri Klenicki
A4: Taking #fitatwork breaks can be just the ticket for breaking through writers block or reviving that dimming 2:00 idea light bulb.American Heart Assoc
Q5: How can employees encourage their companies to invest in wellness in a time of cutbacks? #fitatwork #fitatworkWellness Corporate
A5 I think the more ppl who speak up & say they would participate, the better! Employers look for interest & engagement #fitatworkHeather Calcote, RD
A5 remind companies that it pays (long term) for their employees to be healthy. bottom line: everyone wins #fitatworkLisa D
A5: Give them the facts. Every $1 invested in workplace wellness can equal $3 in return. Plus, happier employees…priceless. #fitatworkAmerican Heart Assoc
A5: It saves money for companies. Healthier employees are less likely to need sick days and will be more productive #fitatworkEmileigh Clare
A5: Companies want happy workers. They save money and are more productive. Show them what you need to be happy and #fitatworkJared Rice MS RD HFS
What’s the best way to present these #fitatwork ideas to managers though? And get them started? #fitatworkEmileigh Clare
Offer to take the lead & be involved! RT @misseclare: What’s the best way to present these #fitatwork ideas to managers though? #fitatworkWellness Coaches
@misseclare Present one #fitatwork idea at a time. Designate a walking path, healthy reward lunch, form a charity walk team (#HeartWalk)!American Heart Assoc
It was fun chatting with everyone! Thanks for all the ideas. I’m gonna go lobby for getting a shower in my office now! #fitatworkEmileigh Clare
@WCSCoaches @misseclare Yes! Start small, and be inclusive. Drum up interest. Then consider changes that cost strategically? #fitatworkwbnero
Thanks so much for participating everybody! Some great conversation here. You all are true wellness champs. Keep it up! #fitatworkWellness Corporate
@wbnero @AHACentral Thanks for sharing your tips! Health is the biggest positive message out there isn’t it? It’s good to be #fitatworkEmileigh Clare
Great #fitatwork chat! Thanks to all for the ideas.American Heart Assoc
Yes! RT @AHACentralPA: Great #fitatwork chat! Thanks to all for the ideas. #fitatworkWellness Corporate
Find more tips for fitness at work at York Common Cents or follow me @MissEClare and Wellness Corporate @CorpWellness.

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