Why It's Important for Me to Work Out at Work
When I found Ryan Holmes’ recent article about exercise in the workplace, I was sitting at work, and soon found myself nodding in agreement as I read. At the time, I also happened to be in my running shorts, sweatshirt, and sneakers.
I am fortunate enough to work in a small agency that understands the importance of exercise. At lunch time, over half of our company heads to the locker room to change into their workout gear and make their way to our in-office gym, or outside to run. It is not uncommon to go into an afternoon meeting and be surrounded by red faces and sweatshirts.
Aside from the obvious health benefits of having an exercise-centered office, there is another pretty notable benefit: sanity. There have been countless times where I’ve been overwhelmed or stressed by the work day (as we all are from time to time) and a coworker has convinced me to get out and run. Despite my tendency to be reluctant at times, there has never been a time where it didn’t help. And frankly, I cannot imagine getting through those kinds of days without exercise.
When I walked in these doors five years ago, an exercise culture wasn’t something that had any influence on my decision to take the job. And now? I wouldn’t settle for anything less.