Encouraging fitness and offering opportunities for exercise within the workplace is one health initiative that proves very popular amongst both employers and employees. It is an excellent initiative for everyone in the workplace, from regular exercisers to those who are in need of an added boost of motivation. Those who enjoy and value the importance of exercise but struggle to fit it in around a busy schedule relish the opportunity to incorporate exercise into their workday. It helps make it that bit easier to ‘squeeze it all in’. On the other hand, those who may not previously have been into exercise may now get the motivation they needed to make a start and the encouragement to make exercise a priority within their day.
Workplace fitness activities/ promotion tools commonly include:
Boot-camps offered before or after work or in lunch breaks
Subsidising gym memberships;
Gym or exercise equipment available within the workplace;
Activity challenges such as the 10,000 steps challenge;
Lunch time walking groups;
Exercise classes provided such as yoga, pilates or tai-chi.
While the above are a few ideas of common activities, the opportunities for incorporating and promoting exercise within the workplace are endless. What works best for your workplace is very individual and depends on the group of staff and their current fitness levels. Having a variety of activities available is excellent for those larger workplaces with a broader range of health and capabilities.
Promotion of exercise also helps to boost health and fitness as values within a workplace culture. The benefit of having a ‘healthy’ culture at work can not be under-estimated. Promoting exercise within the workplace leads to a people being conscious of their health and the follow-on effect can lead to healthier food choices being made also. Another huge benefit is that motivation is generally contagious and once a few people sign up, it is easier to get the rest of the office involved.
Whichever form of workplace fitness or exercise promotion your workplace decides to employ, the benefits will always be well worth the effort.