A field hasn’t truly arrived until its core concepts can be described as a Venn diagram. Office fitness is here to stay, and here’s how I diagram it:
Office fitness integrates and optimizes:
- your long-term health, mostly by preventing “sitting disease” but also by promoting a generally healthy lifestyle,
- your near-term comfort, reducing your risk of injury and keeping you free from pain, and
- your productivity, helping you continue to crank out the work that keeps you happily employed.
At the intersections of these areas are the activities that span them.
- Where health meets comfort are exercise regimens and other self-care practices that build your body and stave off disease and injury.
- Where comfort meets productivity are ergonomics practices and posture self-awareness that let you gracefully interact with your office furniture and computer equipment.
- Where productivity meets health are wellness programs (typically created and administered by employers) that promote healthy lifestyles at work.
How I Fit in the Office-Fitness World
My interest in office fitness grew out of my massage practice, which is still going strong. As I have developed this field over the past eight years, I have written a book on office fitness and added to my list of service offerings:
- personal training sessions for individual office workers,
- small-group training for organizations of all sizes,
- talks and speeches for associations and companies, and
- consulting services for startups, small/medium businesses, and corporations.
Here’s how my subject-matter expertise and my business and clinical activities line up with the office-fitness Venn diagram: