With hectic work/life schedules, finding time to squeeze physical activity into your daily routine can be challenging. The Healthy Monadnock Champions Program suggests checking out your worksite wellness options to help you get your recommended daily dose as part of your daily routine. Worksite wellness advisors can help you create a customized plan that works best for your organization’s unique needs.
- Document any nearby walking trails that workers can use during lunch breaks. Post mileage of various loops and how long it will take to walk on a brisk or leisurely pace.
- Do you have bicycle commuters? Offer secure bicycle storage for your workers, and, if you can, showers for employees to use.
- Make flextime hours available to encourage exercise. If employees take more than an hour for lunch to go to a yoga or exercise class, allow them to come in earlier or work later to make up the time difference.
- Encourage employees to use the stairs. This can be easily done with cheerful paint, murals or other artwork and motivational signs.
- Schedule fun “dance breaks” during the day, say for five minutes once or twice a week, at 3 p.m. This dance break idea is being used by two Organizational Champions: The Insurance Source of Keene, and Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene, with resounding success in boosting physical activity and team building.
- Make it a point to encourage employees to take brief (5- to 10-minute) stretching and walking breaks.
- Offer free or reduced-cost pedometers. If your organization is short on money, you may want to invite the company’s health benefit vendor (or a local business) to sponsor the purchase of pedometers in exchange for a logo emblazoned on the pedometer.
- Get involved in promoting community events, such as 5K or 10K, softball leagues or charity walk-a-thons.
- Invite a group of coworkers for lunchtime walking, running, bicycling, or yoga.
- Encourage walking meetings, particularly if meetings are with two or three co-workers.
- Long meetings? Suggest that people stand or even pace if they would like.
- Make it part of the office culture to be as active at a workstation as possible. Encourage stretching, standing or pacing while on the phone, or even lifting some hand weights.
Want more ideas? Learn more through Healthy Monadnock Organizational Champions’ Worksite Wellness Program.