With the new year, comes new resolutions. Many of your colleagues and employees are going to be looking for ways to stay fit while still managing a busy work schedule. As a manager, why should you care about your colleague’s fitness? A healthy colleague will be more committed to work, more engaged during work hours, and will have a decrease in overall health care costs, providing financial wellbeing for themselves, and being more productive at work and saving healthcare expenses for the company.
Time is a valuable resource that can easily be overlooked. People mostly focus on their workloads and meeting deadlines in the workplace and forget about taking care of their health. As a leader, you want to help them overcome those barriers and improve their health, which will enhance their lives in and outside of work. Here are some tips that you can share with your colleagues to support them in their journey to health and fitness:
- Finding time to exercise. Encourage colleagues to try exercising first thing in the morning. Even if they are unable to work out first thing in the morning, they can break their workout in 10-minute intervals throughout the day to create a workout regimen that best fits their schedule.
- Sticking with the exercise plan. Make exercise exciting and enjoyable. People always want to stick to a routine that will hold their interest the longest and avoid frustration for not succeeding. Encourage colleagues to do things that they find exciting to reach their goal, like Zumba, Tai Chi, or Kick Boxing, and avoid stress in the workplace.
- Exercising without spending money. Being active doesn’t have to cost a thing! There are plenty of places to walk around. Some examples are local parks, around the building of the workplace, or up and down the stairs. Calisthenics exercises are also free as it is just using bodyweight and finding creative ways to move. Quick breaks during work or lunch can help people stay active and energized.
- Increasing energy. Coffee can be a downfall because people depend on it as a supplement to give them energy, but as long as they continue to move, their drive will propel them to be prepared for the day. Encourage colleagues to start with some jumping jacks before they leave for work, or do some push-ups and squats (even on their desk areas!). Doing those exercises will keep them mentally focused on tackling the obstacles that come into a long day of work.
Fitness while Recovering from Injury
A challenge many older and injured adults face is not knowing the limits for how active their bodies can be. They avoid exercise altogether because they are worried it will cause further injury to their bodies. While the body does take longer to repair itself when older, the benefits of exercise far outweigh the risk. If they are ready to exercise more, here are some tips to get them started:
- Modify exercises to suit their needs. Encourage colleagues with limitations to alter the workouts to put less strain on their bodies and meet their unique needs. If getting down on the floor is difficult for them, let them know that any floor exercise can also be modified to do against a wall, like a pushup.
- Listen to the body. If their body is hurting or they are straining too much, stop and regroup. While they should to push themselves, they should not be in severe pain. If they are concerned about an injury or don’t know where to start, try activities in a class setting with supervision from a trained professional.
- Exercise smart. Do not make the workout harder than it needs to be. Try to workout inside or in the early morning. If they exercise outside, encourage them to avoid direct heat. Also, always urge them to drink water before, during, and after their fitness session to stay hydrated.
Experiencing unusual pain or discomfort while exercising?
If an exercise or activity doesn’t feel right to the body, it is best to encourage people to get an expert opinion first. If it is a sudden symptom then make sure people call for help right away. Your company may already include a platform with doctors, fitness experts, or health ambassadors available over the phone.
As a leader, keep encouraging your colleagues to stay active to improve their health. With Continuwell, you can send push notifications to your members and remind them of ways they can exercise regularly. They can also have these tips for office exercise readily available to them on their company branded app. Watch the video to see more ways to encourage getting a full-body exercise with limited space in the office or while traveling.