There are a variety of strategies that an be used to create a fitness culture at the workplace. As a personal trainer in Mississauga, I will provide you with some examples of wellness programs that you could have at your workplace to engage staff in some form of physical activity.
Not every example may be right for your workplace, but all of them will engage people to take part in an organisation’s wellness initiative. Regardless of your wellness budget you can start improving employee health. There are enough great wellness program examples shown here to help any workplace get a great start on having a health, happy workforce.
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Physical Activity Wellness Program Examples
People who are physically active reduce their risk for heart disease, diabetes, cancer and have lower stress. The recommended level of physical activity to produce most health benefits is 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on most, preferably all, days of the week.
Studies show that employees who stay fit will cost less, be present more, and be more productive at work.
Low Cost Strategies
– Create a company culture that discourages sedentary behavior, such as TV viewing on breaks and sitting at the desk for long periods of time .
– Offer flexibility on work hours to accommodate for physical activity during the day.
– Create physical activity breaks during the workday, such as yoga or walking programs.
– Map out on-site trails or nearby walking routes.
– Post signs around the elevators to discourage stair use and instead take the stairs.
– Provide bike racks for staff in safe, convenient, and accessible locations.
Medium Cost Strategies
– Provide shower and/or changing facilities on-site for employees.
– Provide or support recreation leagues and other physical activity events (on-site or in the community).
– Start employee activity clubs such as a walking club or cycling club
– Offer discounted or subsidised memberships at local health clubs.
– Provide incentive-based programs to encourage physical activity, such as physical activity challenges
High Cost Strategies
– Offer on-site fitness opportunities, such as group classes or personal training.
– Provide an on-site exercise facility and allow for access to the fitness facilities outside of normal work hours.
– Provide financial incentives for participation in physical activity and/or weight management/maintenance activities.