For many in the workforce, there are simply not enough hours in the day, especially to commute to a gym before or after work. With this in mind, any workplace wellness program – space permitting – could benefit from wellness initiatives with physical activity components.
Onsite Wellness Programs
The advantages of an onsite program would benefit those looking to get a quality workout in. This gives workers the opportunity to be active during their lunches or after their workday is complete. Employers could even incentivize their workers further to utilize the space by implementing a rewards program to help encourage more in the office to participate. There are also opportunities to help foster a sense of teamwork within the office by challenging them to work together to achieve team goals.
According to health.gov, adults gain health benefits, such as better fitness, healthier body size and composition, when they do the equivalent of at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic physical activity (2 hours and 30 minutes) each week.
Bringing Awareness to your Employer
Employees looking to get this on the radar of their employer can talk to their human resources manager to help make their case for wellness initiatives with physical activity and the benefits associated with it.
If there is no space where physical activities can be incorporated, other initiatives such as walking meetings, taking the stairs, bike programs and company step challenges can also be implemented to give coworkers more diversity in encouraging physical activity.
The goal of any wellness initiative is to lower health costs, enhance employee engagement and reduce absenteeism and turnover. By incorporating some time for physical activity, or a space dedicated to it, employers can help influence and motivate behavioral changes, which affect daily help habits, stress and an adoption of a wellness plan of their own.
Corporate wellness starts with the employees and knowing them is essential to the success of any initiative. However, employees sharing their ideas and voicing their opinions to help get plans turned into action aids in providing their employers the knowledge they need to make the proper changes.
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