With businesses constantly looking for ways to increase productivity and become better environments for their employees, it’s no wonder that businesses are beginning to incorporate various fitness programs ranging from dog yoga, to pilates, to group training, into their daily routines.
Mood and Happiness
When we exercise it promotes the release of various neurotransmitters in our brain including serotonin and endorphins. This is what leaves us feeling good and happy after a workout according to the American Council on Exercise .
If you begin to associate work with feeling good, and happiness, you are much more likely to perform more efficiently, and enjoy going to work… something that is not common enough in the american workforce. According to CBS NEWS “Of the country’s approximately 100 million full-time employees, 51 percent aren’t engaged at work — meaning they feel no real connection to their jobs, and thus they tend to do the bare minimum.
Another 16 percent are “actively disengaged” — they resent their jobs, tend to gripe to co-workers and drag down office morale as a result. These proverbial Debbie Downers are disgruntled about the direction of their companies, feel their needs aren’t being met at work and don’t fully understand what’s expected of them” …
Shocking isn’t it? How many of your employees fit into this criteria?
When we exercise we also promote our brain being more alert and reactive. Although I promote the ability of being proactive when it comes to decisions in order to have the best outcome, being able to make quick, split second, reactive decisions, is something that is done every single day in the workplace.
If we can allow ourselves to be more alert, then we can ensure that we are making the RIGHT decision when it comes to making this quick decision should it appear, (whether it’s selling a certain stock at a right time, saying the right thing to a potential client, or doing the right thing as a nurse in a hospital).
Helps Manage The Stress Of Your Job
As mentioned above, exercise can help with your mood, it can also help with the stress of having a important job within a company. With your brain always being in overdrive, whether it be due to managing multiple employees, managing a high level client, or simply because it’s been a busy day, regular exercise can help to deal with this stress by flooding your body with more neurochemicals as well as helping you to forget any bad situations that may have happened to you already during the day according to MAYO clinic.
How Can You Help To Include Exercise In Your Workplace?
Start Small – have a exercise specialist do a mini workshop at your company which can include anything from a full exercise class, to educating people of the importance of getting up and moving around.
Encourage ‘Walk Breaks’ – Small walk breaks, even if to the end of your company’s driveway or up a flight of stairs can help promote blood flow and get the brain working after being stagnant for a couple hours.
Have A Source Employees Can Go To – By having an expert in the field of fitness that your employees can go to when they have fitness related questions, it can show that you care about your employees, and in turn, have employees feel more supported by their work and have them enjoy coming to work rather than dread it as seen in the stats mentioned above.
Thanks for reading!
Written by Your Future Fitness Owner, and Fitness Blogger – Andrew Blakey