Workplace Ideas: Physical Activity
Posted on March 28th, 2014 by Seth Nickinson
Some in-workplace ideas you can implement. For more inspiration, read all our posts about physical activity.
- Identify places within the worksite or around the building for physical activities. Dedicate a room to basic physical activity, and provide as much equipment as possible. Basics could include floor mats, balance balls, fresh water, light dumbbells, a treadmill, and stationary bike.
- Offer classes in a conference room. Consider Zumba videos or yoga videos, or a simple aerobics class taught by a knowledgeable member of your staff.
- Provide bicycle racks or fenced-in area for bicyclists in well-lit section of the property.
- Hire a physical activity or fitness coach to work with employees. It would help employees have the appropriate training to know how to do the activities safely.
- Promote bicycle commuting through an incentive program. Rewards can include helmets, reflective vests, and other cycling items, as well as discounts at local bike shops.
- Reimburse employees for fitness club memberships on a sliding scale, where the more they go to the gym, the more they receive toward the monthly membership fee.
- Install or refurbish a shower and/or locker room so employees feel more comfortable exercising before, after, or during work.
- Invite shoe consultants from retail shoe stores or shoe manufacturers to be on site for a day helping people choose athletic shoes.
- Negotiate corporate discounts for health club memberships.
- Start a running club, biking club, in-line skaters club, or line dancing club.
- Encourage employer-sponsored youth athletic teams, along with employee volunteer coaches.
- Utilize free online fitness trackers.
- Advertise an exercise equipment swap to help people clear out their garages and get equipment to support new pursuits.
- Encourage workers to join an outdoor organization or hiking club, participate in a cleanup the and get outdoors.
- Organize a volunteer clean-up day that will get your team outside and active.
- Work with a private company that sets up physical fitness incentive programs and rewards employees with gift cards.
- Promote a bike helmet fitting day.
- Organize an office basketball (or other sport) tournament for a weekend day or after-work.
- Coordinate or take part in a “Bike to Work Challenge” where individuals and companies form teams to see who can log the most days or miles of biking.