“Sitting is the New Smoking”, Encourage Your Employees to be Active and Fit

Perhaps you have also heard this: “Sitting is like the new smoking.” Regretfully, most of us would plead guilty as charged to this. Yes, according to a study, we normally sit more than eight hours a day in the office, and this is just as unhealthy as lighting up to smoke. But the good news is: You can prevent your employees from falling into this lethargic trap by providing them some tips and solutions to stay healthy. Here is why you need to encourage your staff to move.

Gym Discounts

A simple strategy of nudging your employees to workout is by partnering with a fitness center or a local gym. Just contact potential gyms through email, physical mail or phone, letting the owner or manager know you would like to refer your employees to their business, in exchange of providing them some discount on membership fees. The gym you partner with will not only increase its clients and revenue, but you are going to provide additional incentive for your employees to begin regularly exercising.

On-Site Health Facility

On-site health facility complete with workout equipment, healthy drinks and snacks would be the ultimate means of helping your employees to get active. It’s going to be a significant  investment plus a great deal of planning. The benefits you might potentially gain, which includes less sick days, increased staff loyalty, and discount on your business health insurance program may make this venture worth investing in.

Encourage Exercise Group

When your company lacks the ability to develop on-site gym for employees, you may encourage them to instead join exercise groups. For example, you may form a walking group which employees might join for a stroll during lunch time, or establish a weekend company handball team which meets at a nearby field. Such alternatives will not cost you much cash, but they’ll still encourage more of your employees to exercise, and eventually get fit.


Holding some friendly contests may motivate your employees to exercise, so long as they’re done tactfully and the prizes offer a stimulus incentive for their participation. In this regard, you should set some reasonable timeline for the contest, like four months, or 90 days, and have your employees jot down their starting weight on slips which you keep in some private area. Note that there is no need to have them publicly broadcast their weights. At the end of contest, you should have everybody re-weigh themselves, and hand in the results. You then may announce the total amount of pounds the winners lost, as opposed to their new weights.

At the end of the day, you need your employees to be healthy, and this will also mean a healthy, and profitable business. Therefore, it’s upon you to encourage healthy habits in your company by encouraging your employees to be fit and healthy.

Good Luck!

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