Well-being in the workplace is a core value within the Bookwhen team. We believe that to maintain a balanced and healthy work/life balance, taking care of your mental and physical health plays a vital role. With National Fitness Day approaching on the 21st of September, there is no better time to explore what fitness means to you, what inspires you and how you can incorporate it into your daily life.
💡 Did you know?
New research reveals how physical activity can reduce and even ward off stress, depression, anxiety and other psychological ailments, with UK GPs prescribing walking and cycling to help improve health.
Not only that, but physical exercise has long been praised for its incredible boosts of endorphins, i.e. 'the happy chemicals', improving sleep, and boosting overall heart health. And you don't need to do intensive exercise to experience these fantastic benefits. A casual stroll or single dance session in front of the mirror will do!
Staying active can also:
💚 Keep and improve your strength, helping you stay independent
💚 Increase overall energy levels and reduce fatigue so you can do more of the things you want to do
💚 Improve your balance and lower the risk of falls
💚 Manage and prevent some diseases such as arthritis and diabetes
💚 Regulate your blood pressure
Remember, everyone can experience the health benefits of physical activity – age, abilities, ethnicity, shape, or size do not matter.
How the team at Bookwhen likes to keep fit
Anni - Customer Experience Lead ✨
"I love hiking, yoga, spinning, pilates, running around with my dog nephew (and human nephew!) and regularly attend various gym classes. I find the regular gym workouts quite tedious, and it took me a while to find exercises I wouldn't quit after a month. Exercise is subjective, and not one exercise will suit all. The key is to try lots of different things until you find something you love! Moving my body also helps my mental health too. Being a part of a class gives me a sense of community, and it feels great to be present in my body. I never realised how much I needed it until I've done it!"
Eloise - UX Designer ✨
"I really struggled with committing to exercise after leaving hospitality, where I was constantly on the move and shifting barrels. It was a new thing I had to find time for and feel guilty about not doing, and nothing stuck. Recently I've joined GoodGym, an amazing charity run by the nicest people where you run, walk or cycle to complete a community mission or help an elderly person. The responsibility guarantees commitment, and helping others with gardening or other tasks lifts the soul and brightens your day, and you've exercised!"
Greg - Developer ✨
"Three years ago, my blood pressure was higher than I wanted it to be, and my body was paying the price for sitting down all day at the computer. So I started following the NHS-advised 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity a week by running 3 sets of 25 minutes. I have since become hopelessly addicted to it; now running 4 sets of roughly 60 minutes a week, and it feels incredible. Having that defined 75-minute period of minimum exercise a week meant that I was less susceptible to fluctuations in motivation because I was focused on getting that time in regardless of the weather or body image goals. Consequently, that helped it become a persistent lifestyle change."
Karen - Product Support Specialist ✨
“I like exercising but exercising doesn’t like me. 😅 I’ve tried a bunch of stuff, and when I say a bunch, it’s a BUNCH! Cycling for instance, but I’m bad at it, can’t keep my balance. Tried group classes, but then I couldn’t really tell my right from my left. It just seems that working out isn’t working for me, so I decided to keep it super simple, and that’s when I discovered my love for walking! 🚶♀️ I enjoy exploring, whether on the beach, on the moors, or just around the neighbourhood, there’s always something new to see. 😍 And so I realised that staying fit can also be just literally on your 2 feet appreciating the little things in life.”
Getting into the right mindset to exercise is key to maintaining a consistent fitness routine. The brain is wired to move you away from what is 'unfamiliar' and towards the 'familiar'; regardless of how healthy the familiar habit is. Therefore it's important to find something you love, so you can also train your brain to love it and keep you going again and again.
Luckily, our Bookwhen customers offer a wide variety of activities, making it even easier for us to access unique activities that suit all interests. We want to thank our customers for contributing to the world's health in the most beautiful of ways
- you continue to inspire us every day! ✨
The information in this article is intended for your educational use only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition before undertaking any diet, supplement, fitness, or other health programs.