Encourage Physical Activity Among Employees

Office ExerciseAlthough it’s important to create a welcoming, comfortable office space, it’s also important to encourage employees to get up and keep moving while at work when possible.

It is no secret that sitting all day is bad for your health, and there are small steps that you can take to encourage movement within your offices space.

About 83% of the American workforce spends 40-plus hours per week at a sedentary job. According to the American Heart Association, all that sitting has contributed to America’s obesity epidemic. The less you move around, the fewer calories you burn, and – you guessed it – the more pounds you pack on. Almost two-thirds of Americans are either obese or overweight, which increases the risk of debilitating diseases like diabetes and heart ailments. All those extra pounds aren’t just bad for your health – they’re also bad for the economy. Some estimates total obesity-related productivity losses at more than $225 billion per year!

So how can you encourage your employees to get up out of their office chairs and move around? Forbes and Michigan Fitness have a few tips:

  • Join the club: Everyone knows that you’re more likely to do something if your friends and coworkers are doing it, too. So why not start a walking or jogging club at your office, or have a weekly lunchtime yoga session?
  • Count those steps: A wearable device, like a Fitbit, can motivate employees to get the recommended 10,000 to 15,000 steps per day by helping them track how much they move around. Why not try an office-wide steps competition?
  • Take ten: A workout doesn’t have to mean an hour-long sweat sesh. Encouraging employees to take 10-minute breaks to walk around the block or stretch at their desks can be effective, too.
  • Walk and talk: Who says meetings have to involve sitting around over a plate of donuts? For your next meeting, try walking with your employees. Walking can even stimulate creativity, so it’s a win-win situation.

Standing or walking desks can also contribute to employee health and fitness. Check out Modular Office Environments to browse some great products that we can offer.