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Physical Activity at Work Place

Fitness at Work

A workplace can benefit from promoting the following initiatives:
  • walking
  • stair climbing
  • quick and simple stretches to alleviate muscle tension
  • x-breaks
  • active transportation
  • fitness classes e.g. aerobics or dancing
  • sports club
Getting employees active during their regular workday benefits both employers and employees. Workplaces that support their employees to be physically active report:
  • increased productivity, job satisfaction, employee morale
  • reduced absenteeism, employee turnover, health care claims, risk of injury/illness
  • improved corporate image and employee health
For employees, regular physical activity can:
  • increase energy level
  • improve mood, sleep and self esteem
  • reduce physical reactions to stress
  • lower individual risk of developing chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer

Source:http://www.toronto.ca/health/wc_index.htm

What can a workplace do to promote physical activity? There are many ways in which organisations can promote physical activity, some of which are very easy and inexpensive to implement. These include:
  • Displaying motivational or informative posters, signage or brochures about the benefits of physical activity and some tips on getting active
  • Promoting and encouraging employees to use the stairs. Use the ‘footprint’ stickers to guide people toward the stairs rather than walking straight to the lift
  • Promote ‘walking meetings’, lunch-time walks and 5-10 minute walk breaks during the day (you’ll return a lot more alert!)
  • Providing bicycle racks or alternative secure bicycle storage to encourage people to cycle to work
  • Providing information on local opportunities for physical activity
  • Publicising physical activity opportunities through email, company intranet or websites, links to the be active website, notice boards and newsletters
  • Purchasing corporate memberships of local fitness centres. Some local fitness centres offer attractive corporate packages which allow employees reduced membership rates;
  • Providing on-site facilities such as gyms (this may be an option for large employers)
  • Providing showers, change room facilities and lockers for those who wish to cycle, walk or jog to work or participate in more vigorous activities in and around the working day;
  • Supporting sports and physical activity clubs such as social football and netball teams, and walking and jogging groups; and

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