Welcome back to this week’s Just another Friday at ABG Capital blog post! Let’s jump right in and chat a little bit about what we have going on with our blog posts and then we’ll get into some Biggest Losers updates.
This week on our blog we had a great article that talked about Massively Open Online Course (MOOCs) and how they help to improve employee skills. These courses are free and give people access to professors worldwide. It’s a fantastic opportunity for people to further their education or stay up to date with other topics that they just want to brush up on. The biggest point made in this article is that it can be a fantastic resource for employees who want to grow their current skills or learn some new ones.
Next week on the ABG Capital blog, we’ll be posting an article on how incorporating sports into your employee health and wellness plan can be a great thing. Sports aren’t only good for your employees’ health, but they can work wonders for building teams as well. This is definitely something that we’ve accepted into the ABG Capital culture. We have quarterly sporting events (bowling, kick ball, soft ball, football), we implemented Tend to You at 10am and 2pm breaks to play sports during work and we’ve even added a ping pong table in the office! It’s brought all kinds of people together who wouldn’t normally get the chance together.
And now let’s check in with our Biggest Losers contest. Last week we had the participants focus on the number of minutes they exercised that week. This week, we wanted people to focus on getting enough sleep. Here are some of the risks that come along with lack of sleep:
- Increased risk of drowsy driving
- Increase in body mass index – a greater likelihood of obesity due to an increased appetite caused by sleep deprivation
- Increased risk of diabetes and heart problems
- Increased risk for psychiatric conditions including depression and substance abuse
- Decreased ability to pay attention, react to signals or remember new information
Missing sleep causes many more problems that simply being a little sleepy the next day. While you’re on your journey to creating a healthier lifestyle, make sure to pay more attention to your sleep patterns.
Now that we’ve covered this week’s challenge, let’s look at a new Last Chance Work-Out! You will need a stop watch and a towel or exercise mat. Hand weights are optional and you should plan to workout for about 30 minutes
Interval levels: Beginners: 30 seconds on, 30 seconds recover/Advanced: 45 seconds on, 15 seconds recover
Kick Downs (lay on your with legs straight up in the air at a 90 degree angle, Keeping legs straight, lower them as far as you can. Return to start, keeping your belly button drawn in and your back pressed to the mat the whole time)
Push Ups (modify as needed)
Lateral Lunges (feet wide, lunge into the left knee keeping the knee in line with the toe but not allowing it to stray over your shoelaces, straighten, lunge right, repeat) Advanced: Hold a hand-weight in each hand as you lower and lift
2 foot hops back and forth
Beginners: Repeat until 30 minutes is up/Advanced: Repeat for 45 minutes
Try a tablespoon of plain Greek yogurt in the place of sour cream!
Simple, clean eating salad:
½ cup fresh blueberries
½ cup fresh strawberries, sliced
3 cups baby greens
1 tbsp balsamic vinaigrette
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp pecan pieces or sliced almonds
Optional: 1 tbsp blue or gorgonzola cheese sprinkled on top
Thanks for stopping by to check in with ABG Capital. Have a great weekend a happy Father’s Day!