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December 15, 2016 by
Jay Medley
According to the CDC, adults need two and a half hours of exercise each week to be healthy. However, statistics show that only one in every five Americans can meet fitness standards when put to the test. That is only 21%!

That is a staggering number and something must be done to make Americans healthier and more physically fit.

After all, the risks of poor fitness are astounding, as inactive adults are at a higher risk for an early death, heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression, and certain cancers.

Especially for those who sit at a desk all day, it can be hard to find the time or motivation to get exercise and be active.

However, as an employer, it is important to promote employee health wherever you can and encourage teammates to be active.

This will cut down on employee illnesses, absenteeism in the office, and the cost of healthcare. And – why wouldn’t you want your employees to be happy and healthy?!

We know that you do, which is why we’ve put together a list of ideas to help employees incorporate exercise into their daily routine.

4 Ways Employees Can Incorporate Exercise Into their Day to Day

Encourage daily stretching

Providing your employees with information on yoga stretches that can be done at their desk will give them a way to be active throughout the day.

Additionally, regular stretching will help them to have better posture, have increased energy levels, and feel better throughout the day.

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Provide exercise desks

Treadmill desks and elliptical desks are a new trend that are inspiring and allowing employees to be more active and physically fit during the workweek.

While these may seem costly, they are not something that needs to be provided to every employee to be beneficial.

Having just a couple of each in the office can allow for employees to use them when they want to, providing a good change of scenery in addition to physical activity. These “breaks”’ will be refreshing to employees, too.

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Encourage walking meetings

For meetings that do not require technology or presentations, encourage employees to have “walking meetings”, whether they be outside or within the office space.

This offers a great chance for employees to get up and stretch their legs, increase their step count, and get some exercise while still sticking to their schedule and being productive.

Participate in group fitness activities

Getting a group together to participate in group fitness activities or attend classes is a great way to encourage physical activity and fitness in employees.

It also acts as a great way to build community within the office. From rock climbing courses to yoga class, rely on Texas Rock Gym for your fitness needs to encourage employee physical fitness.

While, to employees, it may seem impossible to stay fit and active when they have a desk job, it is actually completely possible. Show them you care about their health and wellness by instilling these ideas at your organization!

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