We all know that staying active throughout the day is essential for our health and wellbeing. But it can be difficult for professionals to find time for exercise – especially when stuck in an office. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to get your team to weave in some exercise into their work day.
Here are 8 easy ways to get your team up and at it.
Don’t spend lunchtime and break time sitting at your desk. Instead, encourage your team to take some time out during lunch or other breaks to go on a short walk around the block or even just around the building. This could be done individually or as a group and will help your team stay energised throughout the day.
Encourage your team to take frequent stretch breaks by introducing them to “deskercises”. Deskercises are exercises that you can do right at your desk, like shoulder rolls, neck stretches, and squats. These help relieve stress, improve circulation, and give everyone a little energy boost during long days.
Here’s a bold idea! Instead of sitting in stuffy meeting rooms, take walking meetings instead. You’ll get some fresh air while still being productive – what’s not to love? Plus, research has shown that walking increases creativity, which could also benefit brainstorming sessions.
It might seem counterintuitive, but encouraging employees to take breaks will actually make them more productive. When people are given time to move around and take some time for themselves, they come back refreshed and ready to work. So instead of asking people to work through their breaks, tell them to use their break time wisely by getting up and moving around for a few minutes.
Give all your employees activity trackers (or pedometers), so they can track their steps throughout the day. You could encourage them to compete with each other to see who takes the most steps over the course of a week or month.
If you’re looking for a way to get your staff moving, why not make the stairs your best friend? Introducing a no-lift policy could be just the thing to get everyone working their glutes and core. After all, any workout leads to an increase in mental focus and energy levels. Plus, encouraging your staff to use the stairs rather than the lift makes it easy for them to fit daily exercise into their busy work schedule.
Offering a staff discount to your local gym can be an easy and effective way to drive employee health and wellbeing. It’s an excellent opportunity to get your team out of the office and into the gym and encourage healthy habits away from work. With research showing that physical activity is linked to improved mental health and productivity, it’s a small gesture with big results for you and your team. So why not check out what deals are available for your business today? Everyone will thank you for it.
If you really want to give your team an extra boost, then why not speak to your local leisure trust bring in a certified trainer for regular workplace wellness sessions. They can lead group workouts and educate employees about proper nutrition and exercise. And in some cases, they may offer yoga or breathwork, which are perfect for physical and mental wellbeing.
Encouraging your team to be active during working hours doesn’t need complicated plans or expensive equipment. With these eight ideas, you’ll have no problem keeping everyone moving through their days. From taking break time walks, trying deskercises, using activity trackers, and introducing a culture of activity, there are plenty of options available for every workplace environment.
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