Promoting fitness in the workplace
The clock ticks 5pm and officially, your workday is over. What is your next move? Are you frantically cramming for tomorrow’s big presentation or are you rounding up your team for your weekly exercise class?
When we think about our offices or workplaces, fitness is not necessarily the first thing that comes to mind. Many of us spend our days sitting at our desks looking at computer screens, and a lot of us even eat our lunch at our desks.
However, encouraging fitness in the workplace can actually be extremely beneficial for employers. The endorphins released during exercise increase more often than not the self-confidence and energy of employees, it increases their positive attitude when at work, and reduces their stress levels too.
According to death statistics from 2011 compiled by the CDC, the top three killers are heart disease, cancer and chronic lower respiratory diseases.
Far too many of these deaths are preventable. It is no secret that regular exercise and a good diet can dramatically reduce rates of heart disease. Nonetheless, nearly 80 percent of adults don’t get the recommended amount of exercise each week (2.5 hours of moderate aerobic activity or 1 hour and 15 minutes of vigorous activity).
Given how critical fitness is to overall health, I think it is worth taking a look at exercise in the one place where nearly all of us will spend a good chunk of our lives; the workplace.
Employers should therefore readily promote fitness culture in the work place through encouraging employees to exercise; periodic breaks from the desks, eating away from the desks, having gym facility and trainer in the work place, cycling to the office, walking meetings, jogging, running etc. Hiking should also be part of the team building activities.
Just from these minimal fitness strategies we are bound to see a great improvement in workforce output and also in the well being of most employees!