The Importance of Health and Wellness in the Workplace

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It is critical for individuals to be one hundred percent present while at work. If an individual is not all there, should they really be getting paid by their employers? Of course employees are going to be distracted here and there and have to take breaks to not be overwhelmed, but how can they help themselves stay focused during their day. That resolution is fitness. Fitness improves your mood, boosts ones energy, and is fun. “Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed” (Exercise: 7 benefits of regular physical activity). Being in a better state of mind and relaxed helps you to be focused and successful at work. Exercising helps “deliver oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and help your cardiovascular system work more efficiently” (Exercise: 7 benefits of regular physical activity). Thus, since your heart and lungs are working more efficiently, you have more energy to do your work and not be distracted as much. Physical activity gives individuals the opportunity to unwind and connect with their colleagues on a social aspect instead of just business or job related. Having fun at work improves employee morale and helps grow a business.

Individuals between the ages of 19-64  should be doing two and a half hours of moderate aerobic exercises or an hour and fifteen minutes of vigorous aerobics a week (Physical activity guidelines for adults).

Moderate exercises include:

  • Speed Walking
  • Riding a bike on level ground
  • Rollerblading
  • Doubles Tennis

Vigorous exercises include:

  • Jogging or Running
  • Riding a bike up hill
  • Skipping Rope
  • Singles Tennis

A workplace can implement fitness through various options for example:

  • A company could provide gym memberships for all employees
  • Install a workout room in their building
  • Have employees work out for the first hour of their shift and extend their shift by thirty minutes

These are just some examples of how business’ and companies can implement fitness in the workplace. The importance of implementing something like this is that it will benefit your company, employees, and clients, drawing in positive reviews/recommendations and more business to your company.

I encourage you to answer the following three questions below, to provide feedback on this subject. I believe it is a subject that many should consider because I feel this would be a huge positive to a business and make them stand out from the rest.

  1. How would you implement fitness in the workplace of your business?
  2. Would this plan to include fitness be a success? 
  3. Do you find fitness is the right instalment to better employee performance?

Related Links:

http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/Doyle4.html

http://fitforwork.org/blog/promoting-fitness-in-the-workplace-for-improved-health-and-wellbeing/

References:

Exercise: 7 benefits of regular physical activity. (2016, October 13). Retrieved February 18, 2017, from http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/exercise/art-20048389?pg=1

Physical activity guidelines for adults. (2015, July 11). Retrieved February 18, 2017, from http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/fitness/Pages/physical-activity-guidelines-for-adults.aspx

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