Employers need to be positive and supportive of employees who are active, whether that's by providing internal health and wellbeing coaching, encouraging staff to take a full lunch break or running an incentives programme. But working together, employers and their staff, with the right backing from government, can make inactive offices a thing of the past.
After much deliberation (and stubbornness, because I refuse to buy a food processor when I'm perfectly capable of chopping myself), here's how I think you can get creative with your cooking after a long day at work...
I know the furtive checking of your mobile phone - ahem, office - like a crack addict seeking their next fix. Worse - it's often executed under the guise of 'Oh, shall we see if it that's Daddy, letting us know he's on his way home?' Even when it was blatantly an email notification.
So it's that time of the year again - or more specifically a new year again - and we all have a tendency to think about what we want to make happen, what we want to prioritise and very often key things we want to improve or change.
The truth is that "busy-ness" does not lead to a happier, healthier or more successful life. In fact if anything, it prevents you from truly living. Busy can mask your own fear, insecurities and you can use it as an excuse for almost anything. Busy has become a hiding place.
While I don't agree with mass surveillance and I do believe in the right to respect one's "private and family life," the outcry also got me thinking about why bosses snooping on our emails could be a good thing.
You worry that the longer you take off the easier you'll be forgotten. There's always a younger, cheaper version of you out there, more than willing to fill your Louboutins, so keeping in touch days quickly turn into 'don't forget me' days.
The average person wakes naturally at 8-9am and goes to sleep at midnight to 1am (more like holiday sleep). Adjust these timings for your chronotype ('lark' or 'owl') using the MCTQ short questionnaire as it will tell you more about your sleep.
I think honestly the most powerful thing about January and embarking on a new journey is the power lies completely in your hands, the power of success and failure is in your own hands. It is not down to your trainer, food or the people in your life.
Juggling motherhood and a career can be tough, according to every article about juggling motherhood and a career ever. But it's important to remember that being a parent can have its advantages in the workplace.
Research suggests millennials will work to live, not live for work. They watched their parents slogging their guts out endlessly and don't want to follow in their footsteps. Their values differ owing to lack of concern for employment hardship, recession and unemployment. Redundancy is not a fear.
I was working with lots of women before my son was born, almost two years ago. And being pregnant brought up lots of issues for the vast majority of these women. Hidden issues. I had been working with some of these women for many years, and these issues had never been discussed.
Okay I understand that most people can't become a yoga instructor and make a good living. And beanie hats are rarely going to pay the mortgage. But what about instead of plotting an escape we think about how to work differently in our current jobs?
Many of my closest of friends are juggling several job at once: bloggers/ social media managers/ e-shop owners/ consultants and more, all balls in the air-spreading the risk that can come with freelance life, liberating themselves while feeding their creative and business needs.
A wage gap between the sexes still exists, as does the stigma of motherhood in the workforce. If we're ever going to overcome these obstacles, we need to stop saying the following things to working mums.
Symptoms: Texting while walking, crossing the road or... peeing. Pressing the close doors button in lifts. Rushing. Everywhere. Even to the printer. Throwing a strop when you just miss a tube. Feelings of anxiety, guilt, failure or exhaustion. Saying thinks like, "I'm just being efficient," "but I love being busy" or "I'm just trying to keep my head above water"