5 fit ways to creating healthier and happier employees

By: Amanda Clement, Momentum Bootcamps

Let’s face it, we’re now spending more and more time in the office working. In fact, for the majority of us, that equates to nearly two thirds of our working week. Between meetings, tight deadlines and that never-ending to-do list, the stress and pressure of our jobs put us through can really take it’s toll on our health.

Our bodies are made to move, so for you office folks out there, sitting down in a chair staring at a computer screen all day really isn’t doing you the world of good. As a general rule, you should move 10 minutes for every hour sitting down, but very few of us actually stick to this. I mean, when you have that pending deadline, you’ll work towards delivering your work first right?

So what’s the solution?

It’s an employer's responsibility

More time at work, means less time spent looking after yourself and taking care of your health - which can be detrimental to your overall wellbeing.

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Now, successful organisations who value their employees understand that their wellbeing is an essential component to the company’s success. Incorporating regular team fitness programmes into a corporate wellness package can have a positive long-term effect, both on company performance and the health and happiness of its employees. By getting people out of the office regularly, being active and working on creating a healthy work-life balance, employees will be happier in the long-run.

Employers need to recognise this, educate staff and take positive steps to introduce or expand their health and wellness programmes.

Here’s why?

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  1. Decreases absenteeism in the workforce - a happier and healthier workforce, means less time spent at the doctor’s office and on sick leave.
     

  2. Lowers employee stress levels and increase productivity - exercise has been proven to release  endorphins, or otherwise known as ‘happy hormones’ and trigger feelings of happiness.
     

  3. Increases camaraderie as co-workers form stronger bonds and function better as a team- spending time out of the office in a neutral and fun environment with team mates can bring out the best in people. Fitness activities are a great way to bring teams together where everyone is left feeling alive, energised and recharged.
     

  4. Secures longevity in an older workforce - which is key to establishing positive habits and promoting a long, healthy and happy lifestyle.
     

  5. It’s fun - and that’s a given. Stepping outside of the office to a new environment, challenging yourself and having fun with colleagues  can really impact a person’s outlook on life. Exercise is  also a great way for the brain to switch off from the daily stresses, refresh and recharge.

So what are you waiting for? Get started by planning your health and wellness programme for this year and get your team excited about fitness.

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