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Today (25th of September) is National Fitness Day. It’s a chance to highlight the role physical activity plays across the UK. As well as to raise awareness of the importance of fitness in helping us lead healthier and more active lifestyles.
But of course, fitness isn’t something that should just be restricted to event days and novelty months. Physical fitness is a positive attribute—and mental fitness follows. When you make sure to emphasise fitness in the workplace, your staff will work harder, think clearer, and contribute more.
Consider these National Fitness Day ideas:
Here are some of the main benefits of fitness in the workplace:
It doesn’t always need to be super intense exercise. A good way to promote a little more activity in the day is by encouraging people to take breaks away from their desks.
Any movement is good movement. And while a ten-minute walk at lunch might not be as calorie-burning as a marathon, it gets the blood moving. It also revives energy levels and helps prevent the musculoskeletal issues associated with long periods of sitting.
But for those who live their lives in the gym, who dream of medicine balls and protein shakes and can tell you without googling what a ‘lat’ is, a corporate gym membership is a brilliant benefit.
This involves offering staff membership to a gym or health club based on a salary sacrifice scheme. It’s always popular.
Make sure people know this benefit is available if you offer it—internal newsletters, posters, or business cards left in the kitchen next to all the cake will spur them into action.
If you’re in an office or work environment that’s a little more tolerant of noise, there are plenty of different office exercise equipment options available. A lot of these aren’t really that office-friendly, but here are a few examples that’ll really encourage fitness and productivity in the workplace:
Remember, you’re not trying to make all your employees into Olympic athletes—you’re just encouraging a little more fitness.
Even if you’re just supplying yoga mats for lunchtime stress relief, or even just reminding people to take a proper break every so often, prioritise fitness in the workplace and your staff’s wellbeing will improve—along with productivity.
Should you require any more information on employee health, mental wellbeing or the powerful, stress-busting benefits of an EAP, call Health Assured on 0844 892 2493
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