4 Great Reasons To Encourage Your Employees To Get More Active

Are you looking for fun ways to team build and encourage your employees to reach their full potential? 

Exercise has an incredible amount of benefits, from boosting productivity to improving posture and better sleep. If you want to reach your company’s potential, it is essential that your employees show up every day filled with energy and focus, and what better way than with a virtual corporate fitness challenge.

Here are 4 great reasons why you should promote a healthy lifestyle amongst your employees:

1. Reduces the risk of chronic diseases

It is a common practice to sit for long hours at work with computer screens and at times it can seem a difficult task to squeeze in some exercise before, after or even in between work. The lack of regular physical activity is one of the main causes of chronic health conditions such as heart diseases, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes and hypertension. 

“Exercise is the best medicine”.

An active lifestyle significantly lowers the risk of chronic diseases and reduces short and long-term illnesses.

2. Boost Productivity and increases energy levels

There is evidence that exercise increases mental abilities and brain power.

Exercise makes the heart pump more blood which dispatches more oxygen and nutrients to your tissues, this helps your cardiovascular system become more efficient at moving oxygen into your blood. Over time, this translates to less required energy to perform the same activities, so when your heart and lungs health improves, you have more energy to tackle daily chores.

Regular exercise can enhance the memory and thinking skills of people and can boost the size of the hippocampus, or the area of the brain which is involved in learning and memory.

Regular exercise can keep employees mentally sharper. And mentally sharp people can be very productive for any company.

3. Teamwork and team building

Team activities are a great opportunity to let coworkers connect outside a work environment and get to know each other, enhance camaraderie and identify natural leaders, while promoting an active healthy lifestyle.

It is also an opportunity to work on communication skills with each other when planning team goals.

The same teamwork can reflect later in the workplace when everyone must collaborate with fellow colleagues.

4. Improves employee satisfaction and retention

An often missed facet of employee satisfaction is the health of the people that power the business. People who engage in regular physical activity are generally happier and more productive both inside and outside of work.

Having a wellness program available to employees, so they can achieve their health and fitness goals it’s a great must-have when it comes to attracting and retaining talent. 

A perk such as a corporate fitness program does more than employee retention, it is actually a new aspect candidates consider when evaluating a job offer.

In this fast-paced world we are now living in it may seem difficult to consistently incorporate exercise into a daily routine, however it doesn’t have to be. Get your team started with a corporate fitness challenge today!