Get Active at Work
A quick walk? A lunchtime yoga class? Zorbing with your colleagues? There are lots of ways that you can bring work and fitness together. We know that it can be hard to fit exercise into a busy working week, so we’re here to provide advice on what you can do and where you can to make ‘working out’ at work that little bit easier.
One of the reasons we encourage you to get active at work is the benefit that it brings. We all know that exercise improves health overall in our lives, but in work context it can reduce stress, boost your immune system (to fight off those office bugs) and also help raise your confidence, motivation and productivity.
We’re also encouraging businesses to get involved in and promote Workplace Challenge (more on that below) to help create a culture of health and wellbeing. But, there are plenty of ways you and your team can get active, have a break and see great results. Here are just some of our suggestions.
- Map a lunchtime route for a quick jog or bike ride. You won’t have to drag yourself out into dark mornings and evenings, plus the fresh air gives you a boost and prevents afternoon slumps.
- On the days when you can’t leave your office, try stretches at your desk, walking to see someone in a different building or taking the stairs instead of a lift.
- Keep up-to-date with work social media groups – there are often instructors that come in to a workplace to help with wellbeing whether that’s a weekly yoga session or martial arts classes.
- Getting to work is all part of it – by walking or riding a bike on alternate days or even weeks, you’ll be going a long way to improving your fitness.
- If your department is organising some team-building days then why not suggest a physical activity element – even more of an excuse to enjoy that pub meal as a treat afterwards!
Workplace Challenge was designed by Sport England and aims to get you and your colleagues inspired to take part in sport and activity each week. It’s about providing a structure for individuals, teams and departments. Some will want to battle it out on a workplace leader board, or take part in inter-workplace tournaments, whilst others might just want to track their progress individually.
All you need to do is sign up here and you’re ready to start logging your activity, earning points and winning some prizes. So get involved – because it all counts, whether you’re the companies star football player or you’re just enjoying a weekly zumba class.