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Fitness Product Hacks for Busy Workaholics

Fitness Product Hacks for Busy Workaholics

Hey, I know you! You’re a workaholic like me. You work 24/7; you show up to work early, you leave late, and when you’re not in the office, you’re still responding to emails, researching ideas, and planning for the weeks ahead. It’s hard for go-getters like us to turn it all off and shift our focus to things that don’t make any money – like the gym.

What I’ve found works best for me is to compact my exercise routines so that I don’t have to carve out too much time in my day to go to the gym. At work, we have a few different fitness products available. We all jump on the equipment every couple of hours to work different muscle groups, get a little pick-me-up, and get back to brainstorming.

There are at least 10 different ways to use each of the fitness items in our office, and there are even some great ways to work multiple muscle groups at a time for maximum exertion and time efficiency. Take a look…

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These Are the Only 5 Things You Need to Cram a Great Workout Session into Your Hectic Work Schedule

    We bolted gymnastics rings into our ceiling.

    They’re out of the way and adjustable for height, and they can hold up to a thousand pounds. You can use gymnastics rings at work, in your garage, or even in your backyard on a tree! But, as I mentioned earlier, we sought out equipment that can maximize muscle group usage and take up the least amount of space. Gymnastic rings are inherently unstable, so they force you to stabilize your body more than any other machine does. So, although you have to hang on for dear life with your hands, you’re definitely going to feel the workout in your arms, back, chest, and core the entire time you’re swinging. From pull-ups to push-ups, from deadlifts to the dreaded iron cross, you can do it all on a set of gymnastic rings.

    We have a treadmill in our back office

    With this machine in our office, I avoid waking up another hour earlier to take a run and a much-needed shower before work. I hop on our machine at work before heading out, so I avoid driving across town to my gym after work and fighting for a machine, and I avoid missing out on the limited time at home that I have in the evenings. There are a hundred different models out there, but what I like about our machine at the office is that it comes equipped with tons of built-in workout programs plus Google Mapping to mimic my normal fair-weather route outside. I can work from the machine via my laptop placed on the built-in workstation.

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    An Indo board lives on our lobby rug

    You can work your entire body with the Indo Board. It can be used for balancing fun and tricks, or you can use it to produce blood, sweat, and tears. It’s totally up to you. It’s essentially a balance board that was created to perfect the user’s surfing game, but if you utilize it for push-ups or combine it with the gymnastic rings, your entire body will be screaming after a few minutes.

    The foam roller keeps you going

    Have you ever been so sore the day (or two) after an intense workout that you think “man, this isn’t worth it”? You don’t have to hurt like that! After your cool-down, and a nice long stretch, take to the foam roller. By working your tired muscles with the foam roller, you’re pushing around all the lactic acid that’s built up in your muscles from your workout. You’ll be surprised at how not-sore you are the day after doing 50 lunges and squats.

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      Use something (anything) to keep track of what you’re doing

      Tracking your progress is the only way you’re going to see if your efforts are making any difference. Keep a journal, jot down some notes on your calendar, or use an app to do it all for you. Programs like iFit have a virtual coach, track your heart rate, count the steps you take throughout the day, and pair up to different machines, including most NordicTrack treadmills, bikes, and elliptical machines for individualized workouts and tracking.

      You can keep any of these products in your home if you’re not able to have them in the office. Just remember that you don’t have to go to the gym for two hours at a time, lifting 80% of your max with 3 minute breaks in between. (Who has time for that anyway?) You can utilize your body weight and exude high energy for minutes at a time throughout the day to keep your body active and in shape. If you really want a bigger focus on your health, you can find the time and the means to make the necessary changes. You’re a beast at work – you can do this too.

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      Published on November 12, 2020

      5 Signs You Work in a Toxic Environment (And What To Do)

      5 Signs You Work in a Toxic Environment (And What To Do)

      What’s the most draining, miserable job you’ve ever had? Maybe you had a supervisor with unrealistic demands about your work output and schedule. Or perhaps, you worked under a bullying boss who frequently lost his temper with you and your colleagues, creating a toxic work environment.

      Chances are, though, your terrible job experience was more all-encompassing than a negative experience with just one person. That’s because, in general, toxicity at work breeds an entire culture. Research shows abusive behavior by leaders can and often quickly spread through an entire organization.[1]

      Unfortunately, working in a toxic environment doesn’t just make it miserable to show up to the office (or a Zoom meeting). This type of culture can have lasting negative effects, taking a toll on mental and physical health and even affecting workers’ personal lives and relationships.[2]

      While it’s often all-encompassing, toxic culture isn’t always as blatant or clear-cut as abuse. Some of the evidence is more subtle—but it still warrants concern and action.

      Have a feeling that your workplace is a toxic environment? Here are 5 surefire signs to look for.

      1. People Often Say (or Imply) “That’s Not My Job”

      When I first launched my company, I had a very small team. And back then, we all wore a lot of hats, simply because we had to. My colleagues and I worked tirelessly together to build, troubleshoot, and market our product, and nobody complained (at least most of the time).

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      Because we were all in it together, with the same shared vision in mind, cooperation mattered so much more than job titles. Unfortunately, it’s not always that way.

      In some workplaces, people adhere to their job descriptions to a fault:

      • Need help with an accounting problem? Sorry, that’s not my job.
      • Oh, you spilled your coffee in the break room? Too bad, I’m working.
      • Can’t figure out the new software? Ask IT.

      While everyone has their own skillset—and time is often at a premium—cooperation is important in any workplace. An “it’s not my job” attitude is a sign of a toxic environment because it’s inherently selfish. It implies “I only care about me and what I have to get done” and that people aren’t concerned about the collective good or overall vision.[3] That type of perspective is not only bound to drain individual relationships; it also drains overall morale and productivity.

      2. There’s a Lack of Diversity

      Diversity is a vital part of a healthy work environment. We need the opinions and ideas of people who don’t see the world like us to move ahead. So, when leaders don’t prioritize diversity—or worse, they actively avoid it—I’m always suspicious about their character and values.

      Limiting your workforce to one type of person is bound to prevent organizations from growing healthily. But even if your work environment is diverse in general, the management might prevent diverse individuals from rising to leadership positions, which only misses the point of having a diverse work environment in the first place.

      Look around you. Who’s in leadership at your company? Who gets promotions and rewards most often? If the same type of people gets ahead while other individuals consistently get left behind, you might be working in a toxic environment.

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      However it manifests in your workplace, keep in mind that a lack of diversity is a tell-tale sign that “bias is rampant and the wrong things are valued.”[4]

      3. Feedback Isn’t Allowed

      Just as individual growth hinges on being open to criticism, an organization’s well-being depends on workers’ ability to air their concerns and ideas. If management actively stifles feedback from employees, you’re probably working in a toxic environment.

      But that definitely doesn’t mean nobody will air their feelings. One of the telltale signs of toxic leadership is when employees vent on the sidelines, out of management’s earshot. When I worked in a toxic environment, coworkers would often complain about higher-ups and company policies during work in private chats or after work hours.

      It’s normal to get frustrated at work. That’s just a part of having a job. What isn’t normal is when dissent isn’t a part of or discouraged in the workplace. A workplace culture that suppresses constructive feedback will not be successful in the long run. It’s a sign that leadership isn’t open to new ideas, and that they’re more concerned about their own well-being than the health of the organization as a whole.

      4. Quantifiable Measures Take Priority

      Sales numbers, timelines, bottom lines—these metrics are, of course, important signs of how things are going in any business. But great leaders know that true success isn’t always measurable or quantifiable. More meaningful factors like workplace satisfaction, teamwork, and personal growth all contribute to and sustain these metrics.

      Numbers don’t always tell the whole story, and they shouldn’t be the only concern. Measure-taking should always take a backseat to meaning-making—working together to contribute to a vision that improves people’s lives. If your workplace zones in on quantifiable measures of success, it’s probably not prioritizing what truly matters. And it’s probably also instilling a fear of failure among employees, which paralyzes employees instead of motivating them.

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      5. The Policies and Rules Are Inconsistent

      Every organization has its own set of unique policies and procedures. But often, unhealthy workplaces have inconsistent, unspoken “rules” that apply differently to different people. When one person gets in trouble for the same type of behavior that promotes another person, workers will feel like management plays favorites—which isn’t just unethical but also a quick way to drain morale and fuel tension in the office.[5] It only shows how incompetent the leadership is and indicates a toxic workplace.

      For example, maybe there’s no “set” rule about work hours, but your manager expects certain people or departments to show up at 8 am while other individuals tend to roll in at 9 or 10 am with no real consequences. If that’s the case, then it’s likely that your organization’s leadership is more concerned with controlling people and exerting power rather than the overall good of their employees.

      How to Deal With a Toxic Work Environment

      The first thing to know if you’re stuck in a toxic work environment is that you’re not stuck. While it’s ultimately the company’s responsibility to make positive changes that prevent harmful actions to employees, you also have an opportunity to speak up about your concerns—or, if necessary, depart the role altogether.

      If you suspect that you’re working in a toxic environment, think about how you can advocate for yourself. Start by raising your grievances about the culture in an appropriate setting, like a scheduled, one-on-one meeting with your supervisor.

      Can’t imagine sitting down with your supervisor to air those problems on your own? Form some solidarity with like-minded colleagues. Approaching management might feel less overwhelming when you have a “team” who shares your views.

      It doesn’t have to be an overtly confrontational discussion. Do your best to frame your concerns in a positive way by sharing with your supervisor that you want to be more productive at work, but certain problems sometimes get in the way.

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      Final Thoughts

      If your supervisor truly cares about the well-being of the organization, they will take your concerns seriously and actively take part in changing the toxic work environment into something more conducive to productivity.

      If not, then it might be time to consider the cost of the job on your well-being and personal life. Is it worth staying just for your resume’s sake? Or could you consider a “bridge” job that allows you to exhale for a bit, even if it doesn’t “move you ahead” the way you planned?

      It might not be the ideal situation, but your mental health and well-being are too important to ignore. And when you have the opportunity to refuel, you’ll be a far more valuable asset at whatever amazing job you land next.

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