Smaller business can sometimes struggle with workplace wellness but there is still a lot you can do. You may have fewer resources but on the other hand you are usually closer to staff and colleagues and will probably have a good feel for what people want and need.
Two of the arms of workplace wellness are fitness and food. You can think about doing one or the other or both. Do start by talking to everyone and see what interests them. You may have staff and colleagues who are keen to get fit; losing weight might be the target or simply learning more about nutrition may be what gets everyone involved.
Fitness in your workplace
The benefits of exercise are enormous – from higher energy levels to better mood to less anxiety and depression. Most people do want to be fit but they often lack the encouragement and opportunity to take action. People can be shy of heading out fat and unfit in lycra but encouragement and support will help. Many of the people who are skinny and fit in lycra started out just like you. And the lycra is not compulsory. Leading through work can get people started on fitness and there are lots of ways to get going:
Charity runs, walks and cycles
Check out the local 5km runs in your area
Take on a national event...
Ask around locally...
Putting up signs around fitness can help
There are some great tips and infographics online that you can put up around your workplace to help people to think more about exercise. Some ideas include:
- Did you know you burn 5 calories for every 12 steps you climb and none for every lift you take?
- Did you know the average person spends 7.7 hours per day sitting? Take just 30 minutes per day to move.
- Did you know it takes 200 muscles to take one step? Can you walk to work or get off the bus a few stops early?
- Did you know that a pound of muscle burns three times more calories than a pound of fat? That means you burn more calories even when you’re sitting!
- Regular exercise lets you eat more without gaining weight. Repeat after me: “I run because I really, really, really love food”
- Did you know that adults need 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise per week?
- Did you know that walking regularly halves your chances of catching a cold or ‘flu?
- 20 minutes of walking – or any exercise – per day reduces blood pressure?
Finally watch the video below, with your staff & colleagues. It is called 23 ½ hours and it is an amazing and simple look at the benefits of exercise. It is about 8 minutes long and worth every second you give it: