Working Hard Or... Hardly Moving?
The positive side effects of an exercise-heavy lifestyle are abundant and well known by most. Productivity, energy, happiness and health are a few of the bonuses to name but a few. Despite this, health experts have found that 43% of adults spend less than ten minutes a day walking which accumulates to nearly half of the UK having a 60% higher risk of premature death than those who do regular exercise. Of course, with the vast amount of jobs requiring eight hours of sedentary work at a computer, the opportunities for even minimal movement are few. Morbid as this may sound however, it isn’t all doom and gloom. It is recommended that just an hour of exercise a day can offset the eight hours that most people spend sat in an office. Via several easy-to-implement methods, it is possible for management to manufacture a healthier, energised and more productive environment for employees to work in and reach their optimum potential. Here are three ways you can start encouraging exercise within the office to help staff meet their sixty minute target.
1) Find In-House Talent
Most offices, if not all, have an in-house cycling or running fanatic. Utilising the enthusiasm and existing talent of the workforce for the purpose of running a daily lunch time or after-work class can be a practical and sociable solution to lack of exercise in the office. This may require the encouragement of management or leadership in order to get the fitness movement off its feet, but with some initial organisational guidance you could find group jogs and yoga classes (held in spare meeting rooms) are the answer to the usual lazy-lunch.
2) Health Discounts
If you work in an organisation which offers health club discounts to staff then encouraging a more active lifestyle could be as simple as advertising the company benefits more effectively. The cost of gym membership or attending fitness classes could be a big reason for a lack of engagement in health. Simultaneously, if your business has gone to the effort of providing benefits for staff, it is null if these aren’t being actively used. Engage better with staff and ensure you are promoting all of the benefits which might make fitness an easier and more accessible option.
3) Measure Company Efforts
The recommended amount of steps anyone should be walking per day is 10,000. Most adults walk somewhere between 3000 and 4000. Is isn’t unlikely that many desk-bound employees aren’t aware of how few steps they are walking a day. An easy way to combat this is by implementing a company-wide step challenge. Pedometers are widely available and low in cost, purchasing these for staff or encouraging them to buy one to partake in the challenge is a great way to increase step awareness. Whilst a business competition isn’t a long-term method of improving fitness, it will greatly advance an overall consciousness of the amount of movement needed to reach a daily exercise target.
Posted on: Monday 12th Sep 2016