Every single day, thousands of us head out to work where we sit for eight hours without even leaving our seats apart from to make a cuppa. We spend these work days sitting at a desk, staring at a screen, and sometimes even having to eat lunch in front of the computer thanks to super hectic schedules.
Encouraging fitness in the workplace can be really beneficial for employers. Exercise releases endorphins, which leads to better self-confidence, more energy and a lot less stress.
Employee that are fit and healthy are a lot less likely to take a sick day. This is because their immune systems are better equipped to fight off the common office viruses that inevitably make their way around. If there is a nasty bug going around the office, those with a healthier lifestyle are far less likely to catch it and fall ill.
Many businesses are now encouraging staff to get some exercise throughout the working day. This results in a lot less duvet days, and helps to boost team morale, concentration and lower stress levels.
We are officially in National Employee Wellness Month for the whole of June, so there's no better time to inspire your workplace to become a little more fit.
Now we're not saying follow in Google's footsteps and build an in-house gym for your employees. There are still lots of ways a business can help their people get up and moving again.
One way you can get started (and take advantage of this gorgeous weather we've been having) is to organise outdoor meetings. Why not get down to business in the great outdoors? Fresh air has been proven to be beneficial to concentration and gets those creative juices flowing. For a team meeting, go fo ra walk rather than sitting in a conference room. In a small group, walk and talk, get your heart pumping and the ideas flowing.
It might be time to rearrange the office. Encourage people to get up more from their desks and avoid long periods of sitting by putting the most used item further away. This could be the photocopier, the kettle or ever the phone chargers.
If your office is lacking fitspiration, why not seek out a Personal Trainer for some top tips on getting a business active? Having a specifically designed exercise programme for the office can grow your business even more, whilst still focusing on fitness.
The office diet may not exactly be the healthiest. Microwave meals, sugary snacks and pastries make people lethargic, affects concentration and contributes to weight gain. A Personal Trainer can create a healthy recipe exchange, encouraging your employees to snack on something a little healthier. It's a lot easier to eat well if everybody else is doing the same thing around you.
No matter how small the changes, all of them add up to a healthier workforce. If you're in the Bristol area, get in touch with me today to have The Warrior Programme work exclusively with your business for great healthy workspace advice.