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Get Active At Work

Posted by Joseph Pinnell on 10/20/14 11:28 AM

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The human body was designed to be more active than technology requires today. The average American sits at a desk in front of a computer and barely finds the need to leave the comfort of a chair for eight or more hours a day. While the increase of technology has improved everyday lives, it is also detrimental to their health, physical well-being and longevity. Finding ways to bring physical activity (PA) into the work day can help workers be fit and enjoy some of these benefits:

  • A reduced risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Increased energy and morale
  • Increased self-esteem
  • Better weight control
  • Decreased dollars spent on medical bills and insurance
  • Healthier joints, bones and muscles
  • Increased flexibility and fitness level
  • Longer life
  • Increased quality of life

Steps to Wellness Program Success

One of the best ways to be motivated to get active at work is to start a wellness program. Follow these steps to success:

  1. Create a Wellness Committee.
  2. Find out what kinds of PA programs interest employees.
  3. Develop a plan.
  4. Let workers know about the at-work wellness program. Educate them on the benefits of PA. Recognize their successes.
  5. Evaluate your program. Make changes as they are needed.

Ideas to Stay Active at Work

Wondering how to be active at work and encourage others to move more, too? Try some of these ideas:

  • Daily Warm Up. Start each shift with a 5-10 minute warm up followed by stretching. 
    • Ask management if they will hire a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) to help with the initiative. Most clubs would be happy to partner with any company to get their employees more active. 
    • Ask the CPT to lead the warm ups once a week for a month. Then the staff can take turns leading others to correctly do the warm ups and avoid injuries. 
    • Make it a routine. Do the warm ups every day at the beginning of the shift.
    • Get workers involved in leading the warm up.
    • Post signs that explain the importance of starting each day with a warm up.
  • Walk & Talk Meetings. Conduct meetings while walking around the building, field or campus. This will provide workers with a break from their repetitive movements.
    • Set an amount of time for the meeting so people can prepare to spend the time walking.
    • Bring a note pad. Jot down notes from the meeting, if necessary. Let people know in advance so they can bring a water bottle or coat and wear appropriate shoes.
    • As always, have a meeting goal.
  • PA Events. Show support for PA through company and community events:
    • Sponsor a company team in a local league made up of workers or others. 
    • Host a company BBQ for staff and their families. Include fitness games.
    • Sponsor a charity event with a company team.
  • PA Challenge. Work with your Wellness Committee to organize a PA challenge. A challenge is a good way to launch a successful at-work wellness program. It can encourage workers to take part in other wellness activities. Team challenges spark competition, social support and goal setting.
  • Partner with Local Health and Fitness Experts. Partners may help by offering health screenings, fitness assessments and classes.
    • Health education classes. Offer health education classes during lunch or after work. Here are some organizations who may be able to provide classes:
      • Local health department
      • City parks and recreation
      • American Heart Association
      • Local hospitals, clinics or health plans
    • Fitness classes. Hire a Certified Personal Trainer to conduct on-site fitness classes one day a week. Classes might include:
      • Yoga
      • Zumba
      • Aerobics
    • Professional assessments. Hire a fitness expert to conduct fitness assessments. Also, consider finding someone who can perform ergonomic analyses. They can help you determine which repetitive movements might cause problems. They may help you figure out better ways to do tasks to avoid injury.
    • Health fair. Sponsor a health fair at your site. Try working with a local clinic. Ask them to do health screenings. Invite health-focused organizations to attend. Provide employees with information on nutrition and PA. Give it to them in a way that they can take home to share with their families.
    • Club memberships. Work with a club to negotiate a group rate for your employees.
  • Go the Extra Mile. Employers can help to encourage a strong wellness program by providing basic resources and support. The following are ways that an employer can support a wellness program.
    • Make policies. Decide which techniques have been successful and write them into company health policies, where appropriate.
    • Lead by example. Nothing shows your dedication to wellness more than getting involved and improving your own health. Participate in your wellness program. Model healthy behaviors.
    • Offer incentives. Incentives should support activities in your program. Some examples of incentives for PA include:
      • Pedometer
      • T-shirts with health messages
      • Hats/visors
      • Refillable water bottles
      • Paid time-off
      • Gift cards to healthy restaurants or fitness clubs
      • Sports equipment for the family
      • Provide healthy messages. Offer workers information about your wellness program. Include educational information about PA, and motivational support. Some tips for effective messaging include:
        • Promote your messages through paycheck stuffers, brochures or handouts, posters or wellness bulletin boards.
        • Hang posters in high traffic areas. Try the break room fridge, or the restroom.
        • Change posters, bulletin boards and paycheck stuffers often. Have a wellness display in the employee break room. Include brochures and healthy recipes.

joseph_pinnellJoseph Pinnell is Vice President of Club Performance at Five Seasons Family Sports Clubs. The primary responsibility of the Vice President of Club Performance is to build operational excellence by focusing on the member experience. Mr. Pinnell is responsible for the management and leadership of all aspects of the clubs' development, activities and relationships by instituting operational policies, procedures and programs. Mr. Pinnell has a strong hospitality background having worked all over the world with The Ritz-Carlton and Renaissance Hotels & Resorts. Prior to joining Five Seasons, Mr. Pinnell worked for Midtown Athletic Clubs and Tennis Corporation of America in Chicago, IL. The combination of Mr. Pinnell's Ritz-Carlton experience with his Club Industry operational knowledge was vital in the development of Five Seasons' Team Member service training program: Service From The HEART.

 

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