This month we’ve watched Radio 2’s Zoe Ball struggle through cycling 400 miles from Blackpool to Brighton entitled “Zoe’s Hardest Road Home”. We also saw Radio 1’s Greg James struggle with his “Pedal to the Peaks” challenge, which the Beast from the East put a stop to. Watching these Sport Relief challenges, we’re encouraged not only to donate to the cause, but to take on a physical challenge ourselves.
Since the start of 2018, every month there has been something in the media which drives healthy living. In January it was Dryanuary, in February it was the Winter Olympics and in March it’s the aforementioned Sport Relief.
While we may start to tire of feeling pressure to exert ourselves, the benefits of encouraging physical activity cannot be underestimated.
Did you know?
- 80% of commuting employees felt more energised after a walk to the office
- 74% of employees acknowledge that getting outside during a working day improved their mood
- 85% of employees believe keeping active is good for their mind and body
- 94% of employees said exercising relieves stress
(Source: Asics survey|2017)
These results show employees really value physical exercise. Businesses could also enjoy the benefits of having a more energised, happy and less stressed (if not stress-free) employee population. Unfortunately, despite the benefits, over half of employees felt work prevented them from going to the gym. (Source: HR Grapevine|2017)
Businesses which promote and support the healthy practices employees value could see an increase in employee engagement and in turn, productivity.
One size doesn’t fit all, but if you’d like to find out what you could do to promote the health and wellbeing of employees in your business, please do get in touch.