Health and Fitness within the Workplace: How Does It Help?

The secret is finally out – regular activity boosts your quality of life. For most people, a routine of healthy diet and fitness was a gradual change as they were slowly convinced about health and fitness being responsible for not only disease prevention, but also the positive impact they have on everyday motivation, mood, and productivity.

Given that the adults are more occupied with their jobs than ever, it’s no wonder why employers and employee alike are seeking customized health and fitness programs to work at their potential best.

According to one survey, approximately 80% organizations offered health and wellness programs in 2013 to their employees to convert these from ‘important’ to the most ‘powerful’, whereas another quoted 77% employees responding that “health and wellness programs positively impact the culture at work”. This is critical in competitive corporate environment.

The options to establish and implement may range from simple to complex, determined by various factors including the type and size of workplace, the capacity, resources, and needs of employees. But, either way, you’d have healthy and active employees, happier, confident, and greatly efficient at what they do, reinforcing why employers, who’re providing for and encouraging health and fitness within workplace, are on the right track.

1. It’s Convenient

What’s the #1 reason people cite for not being able to exercise? Not having enough time, right? They’d turn overweight, they’d even suffer from high blood pressure or cholesterol levels perhaps, and they’d still not be able to carve the required time out of their schedules to exercise. Workplaces providing fitness facilities make it easier for them to improve the health of their employees.

2. It’s Supportive

Whether you’re setting up a gym or planning a series of fun activity sessions for free, the workplace setup is appealing because it brings people together. Coworkers, irrespective of whether they’re working together or competing against one another, will be trying to achieve goals as team/in a group, enjoying (social) support they’d have a hard time establishing at home especially if they can’t afford or access it.

3. It’s Motivating

It’d be unwise to think of workplace fitness in terms of physical activity only; an alternative is to offer them health information, coach them, recommend resources, and promote or emphasize preventive care in order to make them more educated regarding how to reduce muscle strain or stress, for example.

This will make them understand how and why it’s important and they’re more likely to work at it to succeed; sometimes, all one needs is a little encouragement, and fitness programs at office are a great source to begin with.

Gary Dhillon
Gary is an award-winning personal trainer and certified by the NSCA – National Strength and Conditioning Association, which is a certification developed for professional personal trainers who work one-on-one with their clients. He has been awarded as Richmond's best Personal Trainer in 2012/2013/2014 and again this present year in 2015. Gary knows the intrinsic principles and positive attributes of nutrition combined with cardiovascular exercise and incorporates these aspects into unique and personalized U RISE fitness programs. With over 10 years of experience in the fitness industry, Gary strives on helping people achieve a sense of well-being and reaching their fitness goals.