Does Your Business Support Physical Activity?

Does Your Business Support Physical Activity?

How does physical activity fit into a full-time employee’s busy schedule? All too often, it doesn’t.

One possible solution to this challenge is to make exercise a part of the work day. Clearly, being active at work is advantageous for workers.

But corporations also benefit from having fit, energetic and healthful staff members who are more productive.

The challenges

Your job takes up a lot of your time. In addition to the hours you spend actually working, there is the time required to get to and from work and take lunch and rest breaks during the work day.

In the end, there are a not many hours left over for the rest of your life. This work life imbalance is namely true for Alberta, where statistics show that we work exceptionally hard.

A lot of jobs today are sedentary, and many Americans drive to work. The pressures of work might also cause us to eat lunch at our desks and skip breaks.

Then, after work or on the weekends we juggle household chores, family responsibilities and social engagements.

Wellness Programs – Get started on a workplace fitness program

Management plays a key role in creating a culture that promotes health. The leaders at your workplace influence the various policies and the informal or formal practices, and these policies and practices affect your attitude towards healthy active living.

Begin by talking to your boss about the advantages of a healthy active worksite. The best way to ensure the success of a worksite fitness program is to have the senior management on side and cheering you on.

Ask your boss to consider taking these actions -

o Send a memo or message about the importance of health and healthful living that encourages staff to take an active break each day.

o Provide for flexible work hours that help staff to be more physically active. for example, they could need to take a longer lunch break to attend an exercise class, making up the time by coming to work early or staying late.

o Make available a meeting room or other suitable office space for noon-hour yoga or exercise classes, and hire a teacher to lead them, or use videos.

When your boss agrees to support a worksite fitness program, don’t forget to say thanks.

You don’t need an on-site gym

Only very big businesses can afford on-site fitness facilities such as exercise equipment or squash courts. Still, most businesss can take other low cost steps to support workers who wish to become more active.

For instance -

o Arrange for discounted fees for workforce at a fitness center, recreation centeror YMCA facility.

o Install showers and a place to hang a towel. (Make certain the showers are cleaned regularly and that women who use them will feel secure.)

o Install bike racks or a locked enclosure that is safe, conveniently located and well lighted.

o Hold walking meetings and set up lunch-hour walking groups

o Make employees cognizant of safe and pleasant walking routes near the workplace, as well as nearby facilities that offer exercise programs (like walking, swimming, running, yoga, stretching).

o Hire a licensed instructor to teach staff about health, fitness and how to become more active.

Any size and kind of workplace can support staff who wish to be physically active. It’s highly desirable to get executive management on side.

Even if your boss isn’t supportive, you can still find ways to get moving more. Make certain to set up activities for groups and individuals, and encourage your coworkers to join in.