Employee health and wellness program has come a long way from the days of simply providing medical insurance and a first-aid kit in the staff room. Thus, employers are increasingly prodding their workers to lose weight and get more active.
Why Trimming waistline is needed
A waist circumference of 94 centimetres or more among Men means increased risk of chronic disease. Measuring 102 centimetres or more stands for “greatly increased risk”. For women, the corresponding figures are slightly lower; 80 centimetres and 88 centimetres.
Keeping expanding waist as a future threat, companies are focusing their efforts by taking help of worksite health and wellness programs for their employees. Google, IBM, Infosys, Accenture, Deloitte to name a few are helping their employees to be fit at work.
Physical threat: Dead butt syndrome
Sitting for longer periods of time, especially with poor posture, makes your hip flexors tight, which causes the glutes (butt muscles) to lengthen, to compensate. Over time, this compromises the ability of the gluteal muscles to activate properly, resulting into gluteal amnesia AKA dead butt syndrome leading to poor body alignment and aches.
Lifestyle changes for employee is a key focussed area for employers
Disappointed by efforts to manage costs through the use of insurance-related techniques like prior authorization, limited provider networks etc, employers have also begun to try to manage health by addressing their employees’ key lifestyle risks.
Reducing obesity at workplace has been taken on serious note by the employers seeking to lower the incidence of severity of illness and rediscover the productivity at workplace.
HR initiatives to address the health risk factors
Companies are beginning to connect the dots and recognize that an increase in the overall physical and mental health of its employees will result in a decrease in overall costs. HR team are working on health screening of the employees. The health screening form about personal information of the employees helped the employer to screen and access about health risk factors.
3 floor exercises to trim waistline
There are different ways to narrow your waistline—with or without Gym equipment. Fitgenix is sharing three best floor exercises to trim your waist. Employees can do this on their own or take help of workshops too.
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- Dead Bug
This posture is to strengthen your core muscles. Follow the steps by lying on your with arms at shoulder level raised towards the ceiling.
-Bring your legs up into tabletop position.
-Slowly extend your right leg out straight, while simultaneously dropping your left arm overhead. Keep both a few inches from the ground.
-Bring your arm and leg back to the starting position.
-Repeat on the other side. Continue alternating for 20 reps total.
2. Side Plank up
-Lie on left side on floor with legs stacked and a rolled-up towel between thighs, propping torso on left elbow so that left forearm is perpendicular to torso.
-Lift hips so that body forms a straight line from head to toe and squeeze towel between thighs.
-Switch sides after 10 reps and repeat.
3. Single-Leg Bridges: 12 repetitions each leg
Single-leg bridges are great to help engage the gluteus maximus, also to the core and hamstrings. Follow the steps as mentioned below.
-Lie flat on your back. Bend your knees and place your feet flat on the floor about a foot or so away from your butt. Rest your arms at your sides on the floor.
-Lift your right leg in the air toward the ceiling, keeping your foot flexed.
-Push through your left foot to lift your glutes, hips, and back off the ground.
-keeping your right leg in the air lower your back and slowly make it down.
-Repeat for 12 reps, and then switch your leg.
Apart from these workouts, it is equally important to eat a balanced diet focused on creating a caloric deficit to lose visceral fat.
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