Happy Hour vs. Exercise

What’s your way of dealing with workplace stress? While heading to the local watering hole with your coworkers may seem like an enticing idea, blowing off steam and clearing your head by going for a run or hitting the gym will probably do a better job getting you to de-stress.

I work for a company that designs workplace wellness programs and encourages people to be more physically active and lead healthier lives. While admittedly it can be difficult for me and my coworkers to practice that same philosophy at times, our company has started to try and make it easier on us by offering us a “Bootcamp” class once a month after work.

They have a personal trainer from a nearby gym come in and put us through the ringer for an hour; doing an hour of a mixture of cardio – including running laps inside the office – and strength training. Squat jumps, burpees, mountain climbers, lunges…pretty much everything you can imagine!

What’s great is that we have upper management participating with us in these Bootcamps, so we really feel their support and engagement in the wellness program. In a previous post I wrote about how vital upper level support is in any wellness program’s success, so it’s great to see that we practice what we preach.

I can say that there are days where I sit at my desk, getting ready to leave work for the day, and I think to myself: happy hour or exercise? Having tried both I can honestly say that it’s no contest: exercise is a sure-fire way to clear your head and get your mind off anything negative that happened earlier in the day. Not to mention it’s healthier too 🙂

Give it a try and let me know what you think!