GUEST POST: SIOBHAN BYRNE – FITTER, HEALTHIER AND HAPPIER EMPLOYEES
Let’s be honest, we all want to be fitter, healthier and happier. But for that to happen, changes need to be made. We spend up to 40 hours per week in the office, so it makes sense that the office is the most important place to make a change to our lifest
When speaking to clients about food habits, one of the first things that many discuss is the difficulty finding a tasty but healthy option to choose from in the office. Some of my clients do not get a healthy option at all. For example, the 11am break, which for many is a biscuit or scone, is a good place to make a start. Is there a healthy alternative that your employees can select? Can we do better than just putting a few pieces of fruit in a bowl? What about getting some enticing, healthy alternatives such as protein shakes, nut and seed mixes or healthy fruit and seed bars?
Providing healthy snack alternatives
Lunch also tends to be a problem for staff, especially with in-house canteens or those business meetings that spill into lunchtimes and sandwich platters are ordered in. A simple change of supplier can make ordering a healthy lunch an easy option for your employees. Many salad bars now take bulk orders from companies and even deliver to your office. I find that the Counter Culture in Powerscourt Centre is a great service that delivers. Find a healthy wholefood restaurant near you and set up a corporate account to give your staff a healthy alternative.
Vending machines are another easy way to provide healthy snack options for your employees. Get rid of any unhealthy snacks in vending machines and stock your office vending machines with healthy fruit, nut and protein based snacks. Many gyms now have suppliers that provide healthy vending machine options so it could be as easy as contacting your nearest gym and asking them for details on their suppliers.
Siobhan is director/co owner of Bodybyrne Fitness and full-time trainer. She is a brand ambassador for Puma. She has been involved in the fitness industry for over 10 years. Her background is in Kickboxing and she has competed in tournaments around Ireland.