If you asked your employees if they would like to get more exercise, most would agree that they would prefer to be more physically active, but finding time for fitness is challenging.
Why is it so important for your employees to be active? Consider the facts:
Sedentary jobs have increased 83 percent since 1950.
More than 80 percent of American adults do not meet the recommended amounts of physical activity.
Not only does being physically active boost the health of your employees, but it’s good for your business as well. Research shows that workers who exercise during the day reported a 15 percent boost in performance, a happier mood and increased ability to meet deadlines.
Employers invest in corporate fitness
At HealthFitness, we currently have 100+ corporate fitness clients and deliver staff and fitness and wellness management services at more than 200 of their campus locations, serving more than 500,000 eligible corporate employees nationwide.
We know that on-site corporate fitness classes can offer a great medium for improving employee health and infusing movement into sedentary lifestyles.
Yet, even without an on-site fitness center there are simple ways you can help your employees find time for fitness and support their overall health and wellbeing.
One way we have found success with our corporate fitness and health management client sites is in changing their perception of how much time it takes to be healthy — offering short, convenient ways for fitting fitness into their daily schedules.
Here are eight more examples of how you can help your employees find time for fitness.
1. Leadership support. At one of our technology client sites, a focus group shared that a key barrier to exercising during the day was an underlying perception that if they were seen working out, they would be viewed as slackers. We helped change that perception by recruiting members of the C-suite leadership to work out while on the clock, opening the door for employees to see that fitness was a priority all the way up the company ladder.
2. Offer a variety of fitness options. To appeal to the range of ages and diversity of employees at a leading biotech company, HealthFitness offers a variety of 15 weekly group exercise classes — from strength training to Pilates to HIIT (high-intensity interval training) classes.
3. Extend hours of corporate fitness center. At one of our manufacturing client sites, the staff has extended the hours of the fitness center early and late to accommodate different work shifts. At another site, employees at a high-tech company work a variety of hours throughout the day. To meet the needs of this diverse group of employees, the fitness center is open 24/7 and is staffed from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
4. Step up to better health. An eight-week walking program at a leading car manufacturing company encourages participants to use pedometers to track steps taken on the production line, in the lunchroom, during breaks, off campus and at home.
5. Take a hike at work. Walking trails give employees the opportunity to exercise at work. At one of our client sites, the trails are clearly marked and measured so employees can keep up with how far they walk. Employees can walk a shorter route during breaks and take a longer walk during lunch.
6. Encourage at-desk workouts. To inspire employees at a biotech client site to sit less and move more, HealthFitness staff host 15-minute energy breaks in conference rooms where employees learn workouts do to at their desks.
7. Provide a virtual fitness trainer. To reach employees who are not comfortable going to the gym — or exercising with their co-workers — HealthFitness staff at one of our high-tech client sites create and post short videos with exercise tips on the company’s intranet site.
8. Educate employees to overcome obstacles. “Fitting in Fitness” is one of our most requested Mind Your Health educational seminars. Mind Your Health seminars are professionally developed, one-hour seminars provided by a HealthFitness professional via webinar or on-site.
Through “Fitting in Fitness,” your employees will discover exercise options for busy people, learn tips to fit in fitness as well as keys to success for healthy behaviors.