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Millions of employees spend most of their time in the workplace, so the impact that the workplace has on their wellness is increasing every year! GPV understands this and values their employees' wellness, so they are determined to offer the resources needed to stay healthy and well. Every month GPV Wellness features an employee to find out how they get moving and stay healthy.
For the month of August meet Joyce Chiam and get an insight on how she gets moving and stays healthy.
What do you do to stay active?
I do Pilates at least 5 x a week, cardio, and strength training 2 x a week, and pretending I know how to play golf on my Switch game console.
Tell us about a recent wellness success you had?
I reached a milestone of one hundred Pilates classes in a 3-month span and have felt stronger ever since!
What motivates you to stay well?
I want to feel healthy and fit enough to randomly decide to run a 5k or go on a hike without struggling too much. I am also a huge foodie, so I want to make sure I can enjoy food while keeping my weight in check.
What have been some barriers to staying active?
Self-motivation can be tough after working all day. I tend to tell myself I am too tired to exercise, but really, a short 15-minute walk is better than sitting on the couch all night. I have been investing more time and money in taking group fitness classes, so it builds my discipline to workout, even after a long day.
Do you have any health-related goals you are currently working on?
I am in the midst of my weight loss journey. I control my portions when eating the things that I like and spending more time meal prepping with whole foods.
What advice do you have for someone trying to improve their overall wellness?
Start small and always be patient with yourself. I have started doing modified workouts and finding joy in them, rather than making myself feel worse for not being able to do fifty sit ups at once. Social media tends to influence us with lots of misinformation. Just remind yourself to listen to your body and honor it every single day.
Is there anything on your bucket list?
Hike mountains across the country, see the Northern Lights and skydiving!