Staying active in the workplace

When we're not chasing piglets around The Farm at Okefenokee, making our numerous coffee runs, or taking a stroll around Trailmark, what else helps us stay active at work, and what do we mean by active?

The Changing Landscape

In the age of remote work and flexible schedules, the modern office has transformed from a fixed location to a dynamic space where creativity and productivity thrive. Catch us at Good Dough, our favorite local coffee shop for that perfect change of scenery. As the boundaries between work and personal life blur, it becomes increasingly important for individuals working in offices, whether physical or virtual, to stay active and prioritize their well-being. 

Finding Balance

It's crucial to remember that staying active is not just about physical movement. It's about finding a balance that suits your lifestyle and contributes to your overall health. Instead of relying on gimmicks, consider utilizing your location to incorporate activity into your work routine.

Utilize Your Location

Luckily at ruckus, we are in a cool location, and even more fortunate, we're on the ground floor of the Lofts San Marco. So no excuses, get out there! Our office is set in a beautiful old school built in 1916 and you’ll frequently see our crew walking its beautiful grounds. If you're an animal lover, just ask Logan to take you on a cat tour the next time you visit. Right next door is Belmonte Park where most of the time it’s a haven of solitude. On a typical day, you’ll find yourself the only person in the whole park with its winding walking path and shady benches. Less than a mile away, we can walk the new pedestrian bridge and be in historic Riverside in 15 minutes by foot. Pretty sweet!

Nature's Influence

One of the overlooked aspects of staying active at work is the powerful impact that nature can have on creativity. Whether you're working from a home office or a traditional workspace, taking breaks outdoors can enhance your mood, reduce stress, and boost cognitive function. A breath of fresh air amidst natural surroundings can invigorate your mind, providing a welcome break from today’s screen-dominated work environment. Just go stand in the sun for a minute, just go and do it and tell me how you feel. Maybe stretch your arms and bring them together over your head for a quick stretch.

Sharpen the Mind

As creatives, the need to exercise our brains extends beyond physical activity. Engaging in activities that stimulate creativity, such as journalling, art breaks, or even a change of scenery, can keep your mind sharp and imaginative. You contribute to a more dynamic and innovative work environment by diversifying your thought processes.

20-20-20 Rule

However, it's not just about the mind – our bodies bear the brunt of prolonged office work. Staring at screens for extended periods can lead to eye strain, fatigue, and even long-term vision issues. To combat this, remember to take regular breaks, follow the 20-20-20 rule (looking at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes), and adjust screen settings to reduce glare.

Don't Forget the Hands

Additionally, don't forget to stretch your hands and wrists regularly. The repetitive motions of typing and using a mouse can lead to some awful stuff. Simple stretches and exercises can help prevent stiffness and promote better long-term hand and wrist health.

So, with all that said, whether you are a boomer, Gen X or Gen Z employee staying active at work is not a one-size-fits-all concept. It goes well beyond generational norms. Embrace the flexibility of the modern work environment, tap into the power of nature for enhanced creativity, and remember to care for both your physical and mental well-being. By incorporating a holistic approach to staying active, you'll not only boost your productivity but also foster a healthier and more sustainable work-life balance.

Written by Elliot Asprey (Senior Art Director)