Companies understand that their employees are critical to the success of their organization no matter how big or small it is. Enhancing performance is therefore always a key focus. One way to do this is to provide programs that encourage and improve employee wellness. A healthy, happy employee is going to be a productive one.
It is now well researched and confirmed that prolonged sitting independent of physical activity is a serious health risk. Here are just two sources supporting this:
- A study published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity suggests that higher volumes of sitting time are significantly associated with diabetes and overall chronic disease, independent of physical activity and other potentially confounding factors.
- A report released by the American Cancer Society and published in the American Journal of Epidemiology stated that men who sat for six hours or more a day in their leisure time had an overall death rate that was nearly 20 percent higher than men who sat for three hours or less in the 14-year follow-up period. Women who sat for more than six hours a day had a death rate that was almost 40 percent higher. Dedicated exercise had no neutralizing effect.(2)
Cleary the message is that we need to get moving throughout the day, every day. Here are 6 ideas to try within your organization:
- Encourage everyone to take the stairs more regularly by for example having a ‘Stair Blackout’ between certain hours of the day.
- Start a lunch or after work walking or running group. To add to the incentive, suggest employees sign up for a community fun walk that everyone can train for and participate in. This will get people moving and feeling good at the same time.
- Provide employees with pedometers or other tracking devices and create challenges to see who can rack up the most steps/movement within a given period of time.
- Offer an incentive for those who set goals and achieve them.
- Create company-wide challenges to not only get everyone moving, but also feeling good and connecting around the common goal.
- Try the ‘Sally Up, Sally Down’ Squat Challenge (without the weights). This is something we regularly love doing at Sprout.
Sprout can help facilitate all of this and more in a fun, interactive and engaging way that creates a culture of wellness both within your organization and at home. A win-win for everyone.
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