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out makeyourbodywork.com, which
has the best 50 free online workouts.
With just a small investment on
your part, you could offer staff a
free weekly fitness session run by a
personal trainer. Choose a local park
as the location and you won't even
have to organise or pay for a venue.
Taking regular breaks away from
your desk is crucial to prevent fatigue
and recharge your batteries. Think
of ways to encourage your staff to
do just that. Try to create a relaxing
"break out" area where staff can
socialise or switch off for a while.
Include comfy seating with touches
such as complimentary fruit and a
water cooler. You could even provide
exercise equipment such as gym balls.
Looking after your staff's
health isn't only the right
thing to do - it will also
n every successful business,
chances are you'll find staff who
are well looked after. Taking care of
our physical and mental health can
improve sleep, concentration and
motivation, so it's crucial to invest
in your employees' wellbeing.
We know healthy, active workers
take fewer sick days and bring more
energy to the workplace. But as many
as one in four adults aren't being
physically active enough, according
to the World Health Organisation.
If you're encouraging your staff to
swap checking social media in their
lunch break for an exercise class, you
need to provide the space for this.
Foster team spirit by taking a group
approach - stream an online class into
the boardroom and schedule it just as
you would any other office meeting.
On the Live Well section of the NHS
website, you can take your pick from
aerobics, strength and resistance,
pilates and yoga sessions, or check
MADE TO MEASURE!
Why not give every new starter a
fitness tracker? It's a great way of
keeping staff mindful of their activity
levels and will remind them to step
away from their desks throughout the
day. You can promote the 10,000 steps
a day challenge and set up a chart for
staff to log their daily amount. And
encourage employees who drive to
park further away so they walk more
as part of their daily routine. It will
help them clock up the steps too!
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A good way to encourage healthier
eating habits is to promote
healthier options in your workplace.
Vending machines may still be
the stuff of childhood dreams,
but the average contents aren't
conducive to a healthy workforce.
Luckily there are companies
out there specialising in healthy
snack options, from popcorn and
seaweed to nuts and raw chocolate.
Express Vending, The Healthy
Vending Company and Healthy
Nibbles are good places to start.
There are plenty of team-based charity
events you can do, from muddy
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Physical inactivity remains one of
the leading causes of death globally,
and with long periods sitting down,
sedentary office-based lifestyles are
putting employees' health at risk.
On average, British firms are losing
27.5 days of productive time per
employee each year because of ill
health, according to a recent report
from Britain's Healthiest Workplace.
And in 2015/16, a staggering 11.7
million work days were lost owing
to stress, anxiety and depression.
The better you are at looking after
the health of your team, the fewer
working days you'll lose. Here are some
simple ways to safeguard your staff's
wellbeing and boost your business.