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3 Tips on Promoting Fitness in the Workplace

3 Tips on Promoting Fitness in the Workplace

By    |   Thursday, 11 January 2018 07:10 AM

Organizational goals and objectives are significantly achieved by people who are physically fit, mentally strong and emotionally stable. The benefit of fitness can’t be overemphasized. Research shows that people who exercised four times a week were able to think more creatively than those with a more sedentary lifestyle.

Regular exercise enormously helps our memory and thinking capacities and eliminates depression and anxiety. Creative employees contribute to a brands innovation and overall productivity. Physical activity or exercise can improve your health and reduce the risk of developing several diseases like type 2 diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease. Physical activity and exercise can have immediate and long-term health benefits. Most importantly, regular activity can improve your quality of life.

This indirectly means that issues ranging from absenteeism, lateness, presenteeism, depression and anxiety can be drastically curtailed when physical exercise is imbibed among employees. The contemporary business world seeks to ascertain workers’ physical, mental and emotional state since these are critical to organizational behavior, task performance and goal accomplishment.

Fully fit employees are every employer’s wish. You may be lucky to have them, but most times, it’s your responsibility to nurture them to be physically and mentally sound. Here are 5 tips for promoting fitness in the workplace;

  1. Have a Strong Organizational Culture

As a business owner, the success and failure of your business is hinged on your attitude. Your assumptions, values, and beliefs are critical to the way your employees behave in the workplace. Accountability, trust, responsibility, hard-work, creativity and regular physical exercise are some of the values you need to instill on your employees.

Employees should be given a considerable level of responsibility to carry out specific tasks. This will enhance their creative and innovative skills. Talented employees thrive best when given the opportunity and freedom to pursue and execute new ideas. The more you give your employees a considerable level of autonomy in performing their tasks, the more they will have mental strength and intelligence. Also, by encouraging them to imbibe regular physical exercise, you’re indirectly creating a healthy workforce that is critical to accomplishing set goals.

  1. Encourage Regular Exercise

Some organizations have gym centers to encourage their staff to engage in regular physical exercise usually weekends. While some organizations pay gym centers to guide their employees in workout sessions. Apart from these approaches, organizations should consult fitness experts and nutritionists to educate members on how to lose weight, strengthen bones, improve mood and reduce the risk of serious health conditions in order to live a more active lifestyle and contribute meaningful to organizational goal accomplishment.

Another way of encouraging regular physical exercise is to organize quarterly or annual sporting event. Sport such as cycling, lawn tennis, soccer, table tennis etc. should be encouraged since they involve physical activities. This will motivate employees to engage in regular exercise to adequately prepare and be fit to participate in the event.

  1. Regular Employee Training and Development

Employers and employees both have expectations. But most times, the interest of the organization supersedes personal goals. Hence managers have the responsibility to nurture physically fit and mentally strong employees. This can be achieved by training and re-training employees until they are fully fit to carryout set tasks.

Physical strength without mental strength and alertness is imbalance and can be a big challenge to an organization. Employees are expected to be creative, innovative, take initiative and be responsible for their actions. Without adequate employee training, they can’t do much.

Richard Agu is a researcher, entrepreneur and freelancer, passionate about entrepreneurship and self-development. Currently, Richard writes for Entrepreneur.com, Goodmenproject.com, among others. Follow him on Linkedin.com by clicking here now.

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