With the increasing number of employees working from home, it can be difficult to establish an exercise routine.
A Microsoft study of more than 30,000 workers in 31 countries concluded that “extreme flexibility and hybrid work will define the post-pandemic workplace.” But with that flexibility comes new challenges, like long hours in front of the computer, and long days spent constantly hopping between computer-based tasks and virtual meetings.
All that time in front of the screen threatens employee fitness as people struggle to find time to be physically active — whether it’s taking a short jog, enjoying a quick yoga sequence, or working with free weights.
Now, with more employees working remotely, and more employees working remotely more days of the week, companies are challenged to encourage their teams to find time to get out of their chairs and away from their screens. Regular physical exercise has a plethora of benefits. It can help employees maintain their energy levels, restore lost energy, and boost confidence, as well as meet their fitness goals.
The summer months are an excellent time to encourage your employees to take time out of their busy work schedules and incorporate physical activity into their work days. Wellness breaks throughout the day that include a form of physical exercise can reduce the stress, sense of isolation, and other negative mental health impacts caused by long stretches working remotely in front of a screen.
We have put together a list of ideas for you and your teams!
1. Start a morning exercise routine
Beginning your day with a little bit of movement is an excellent way to wake up the body and mind. A morning exercise routine will leave you feeling awake and replenish your energy levels. Why not try and get a 20 minute walk in before you open your laptop?
2. Move more during the work day
Whether you are working from home or in the office, it is important to take small breaks throughout your work day to move your body! Encourage your employees to do something that suits them whether that’s walking for 10 minutes or doing a 10 minute yoga routine.
3. Walking challenge
Walking challenges are the most popular, straightforward, and well-known type of company fitness challenge that many organisations turn to when it comes to encouraging physical activity. Countless research has revealed the benefits of walking for employee wellbeing. It is also great because both in-office as well as remote employees can participate, creating more opportunities for employees to mingle and socialise. Walking challenges are a great first wellness initiative to kick off a health and wellness program at any organisation.
Physical exercise is an important component of our overall well being. So this July, take time out of your busy schedule and make time for some outdoor activities!