How do you maintain a healthy lifestyle? How do you balance work and wellness? And moreover, how do you ensure your employees are able to do the same? Dive in to the latest trends in wellness with the experts at Canyon Ranch.
Wellness programs are nothing new in the world of smart business, and savvy business leaders are in tune with the times – focusing on wellness as a means to greater team engagement and fewer lost hours due to illness. However, the quest for company wellness is for leaders often a double-edged sword – with the demands of the constantly-connected business world, leaders can often lose sight of their personal health.
“It is easy for an executive to overlook their own health, while trying to attend to the needs of their company,” noted Dr. Stephen C. Brewer Medical Director for Canyon Ranch Tuscon. Brewer, an Associate Fellow of Integrative Medicine with over 30 years experience, specializes in family medicine, integrated medicine, acupuncture, sports medicine, cardiac and health risk reduction, and optimizing lifestyles, and has served as Medical Director for the Tuscon location since 2004.
While it can be easy for an executive to lose sight of his or her own health in the quest to build and maintain a business, Brewer notes there are many simple steps the individual can take to ensure they are mindful of their overall health and wellness – starting with listening to their body. “If someone continually feels tired and/ or out of balance, there must be a reason for that,” he commented. “Individuals need to understand some of the basic physiological changes and numeric changes (example: increased weight or blood pressure) that can occur in the body may indicate that it is out of balance, and something needs to be done to correct it.” Executives that are mindful of their own health can more effectively manage their business – while also serving as a top-down example of a wellness mindset to their entire team.
THE BEAUTY OF OUR EXECUTIVE HEALTH PROGRAM IS THAT … WE GIVE [EXECUTIVES] THE TOOLS & THE GUIDANCE TO HELP THEM CARRY OUT THE NECESSARY CHANGES IN THEIR LIFESTYLE TAHT CAN HOPEFULLY IMPROVE (OR HELP MAINTAIN) THEIR HEALTH.
Stephen C. Brewer
Questioning if you yourself have been proactive with your health goals? The experts at Canyon Ranch note that reflecting on two simple questions can illuminate one’s personal wellness awareness: Do you wait for an injury, illness or other ailments before you take measures to protect your health? Do you hold a black and white view of health, thinking about it only in terms of disease or lack of disease? A Yes to both of those questions means you may need to redefine what it means to be healthy.
A visit to Canyon Ranch can serve as the starting point needed to address nagging issues or to help in correcting bad habits. Brewer notes that the Executive Health Program really resonates with executives. “The beauty of our Executive Health Program is that not only do we determine the current health status of that individual, we also give them the tools and the guidance needed to help them carry out the necessary changes in their lifestyle that can hopefully improve (or help maintain) their health.”
For the business executive looking to focus on the importance of health and wellness for his or her entire workforce, the motivation can be derived from the bottom line. “The simple answer to the value of a wellness mindset in the workplace is decreased sick time and increased work efficiency,” said Brewer. “A healthy work environment and healthy employees are conducive to this. The studies are there.”
To foster such an environment, leaders can turn to a host of popular trends in workplace wellness, including workout facilities on campus or membership discounts in the community, programs designed to incentivize weight loss, clinics for basic health checks, and immunizations on site. These and similar measures, individually or even more powerfully in combination, can help decrease the risk of chronic disease among employees.
“Of course the #1 cause of death in men and women is heart disease, so it is important to give goals or incentives to maintain normal blood pressure, normal weight, normal cholesterol levels, preventing smoking, lower levels of inflammation, normalize blood sugars and decrease stress,” Brewer said. “In terms of specifics with decreasing stress, having employees participate in such things as yoga and meditation has become more popular.”
For companies looking to start or refine a wellness program, a retreat for leaders at Canyon Ranch – one with a focus on health for the individual and the collective – can provide a chance to connect on the theme while developing a fresh outlook on workplace wellness. The benefits to the team while on site and to the company as a whole upon their return are numerous. “Bringing together individuals in a retreat environment helps the groups to get to know each other and hopefully help them understand each other better,” Brewer said. “It helps the team be more cohesive, especially if they are working on similar goals for themselves personally and in the workplace.”
The team at Canyon Ranch has vast experience hosting wellness-centered retreats for companies of all sizes. The key to success lies in a combination of education and the ability to kick start what has been learned in an environment perfectly tailored for wellness-related pursuits. Retreats might include lectures on the importance of exercise, healthy diet, and de-stressing, coupled with the “time to learn how to carry out the practical side of these lifestyle changes,” noted Brewer. “This is easily done in the Canyon Ranch environment with our extensive exercise facilities and our food menus, plus multiple means to destress with such things as meditation and spending time on individual’s stressors.”
Ready to take on wellness in the boardroom and beyond? From setting small, personal goals to launching sweeping corporate initiatives, Canyon Ranch can help the executive shine a light on the path to better health in business and beyond.