Workplace Wellness is Like a New Year’s Resolution

When the calendar flips to January 1, it’s a indication of a new year: a new start, a chance to “begin again.” We say we’re going to lose weight, be more active, drink less alcohol—whatever the case may be—and yet, by January 15, statistically, 95% of those who made a resolution have already broken it, says Tony Robbins in his “New Year, New Life” speech.

While many New Year’s resolutions have to do with health and weight, the new year is also a time where companies amp up their workplace wellness initiatives. It sounds like a win-win: employees can work on improving their health, and companies can potentially lower their healthcare costs. Some companies will even offer cash initiatives to employees, which, to some, can be like giving yourself a raise.

However, just like a New Year’s resolution, these workplace wellness initiatives and newness wear off quickly. Sure, in the first week back to work in January, the office park may be full of people walking briskly on their lunch breaks, but, statistically, as the weeks go by, that number quickly decreases. And before companies know it: the wellness initiative has faded. Even the cash initiatives aren’t enough to get employees committed, says a recent University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign study on workplace wellness.

The difference, however, is doing something because we want to, rather than doing something because we have to.

“If I don’t do [this], then my insurance will go up. But I have to do [this] to save money and bring my blood sugar numbers down.”

vs.

“My team and I are hiking the Grand Canyon in the fall.” Or, “My friends and I are cycling from London to Paris, and visiting the Tour de France. I can’t wait, I want to getter healthier and in better shape so I can fully enjoy these adventures of a lifetime.”

The want pulls and inspires us on March 15 just as much as on January 15. Our reasons to continue the wellness journey should be compelling specifically for us, rather than feeling as though we have to conform to a “one size fits all” approach to individual wellness. Individual wellbeing is an experience that is different for everyone; some like hiking, some like biking, some like indoor group fitness or dancing. We should all be able to set our own goals that are attainable for us because we want to reach these goals, feel better, live healthier lives, or even—who knows—achieve the seemingly impossible and have an adventure of a lifetime.

It’s almost March so let’s check in. Where are you with your goals and resolutions? We hope you are knocking it out of the park. Even if not, who says you have start January 1? Start now!

We challenge you to find something you love, so it pulls you, you want to stay active, and we promise the cumulative effect of the right steps (pun intended), will yield incredible results in 2018 and beyond.

And as we always say at Adventure for Charity, GET OUTSIDE. HAVE FUN. DO GOOD.