Who knew that people who exercise at work are more productive than those that don’t? Not only does exercise help us be happier, more relaxed, and less stressed, but it can also boost our work performance leading to greater productivity.
In fact, a study by the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine concluded that those with a poor fitness level actually had a substandard level of output, compared to those who were fit and healthy and indulged in exercise.
Ozzy is a great believer in exercise, all our Octopus crew are out and about constantly, lifting, walking, delivering great service!
It’s common sense, but really what are the benefits?
But what about those of you who spend eight hours a day at a desk. Here are just a few ways to get moving. Bosses, listen up. Improved productivity could make a big difference to your bottom line, so why not help your team get active:
Exercise more. Set a move timer three times a day.
When the timer goes off walk the shop floor, corridors, staircases or wherever you can find for ten minutes. If you have a Fitbit, iWatch or another smartwatch, these can even vibrate on your wrist, giving you no excuse to miss the Que!
Swap your chair for an exercise ball.
Yup you heard it here first! Try swapping your office chair for an exercise ball. Sit on it for 30 minutes to an hour a day and get abs of steel whilst you are at it. The extra effort your core and glutes put in to keep you stable can seriously burn some calories not to mention its great for your posture.
Schedule a stand-up meeting.
The meeting will be shorter and your participants will be more alert. Go one step further and take it outside during the summer months. The fresh air and movement will get the blood pumping and energy heightened
Make a rule that you stand up every hour for at least two minutes.
This can include the brew making, filing or simply chatting to your boss.
Go for a lunchtime walk at least twice a week.
Better still go every day. Don’t forget your trainers! We do suggest walking around a park or green space, avoid heading to the shops as you might be tempted to dip in for a packet of crisps or chocolate!
Walk the last mile of your journey to work just once a week.
This should take you about 15 minutes. Better yet see if you can take public transport and increase your walking time. Get off the bus earlier, take the long way home on a sunny day. You’ll not only be fitter but you’ll also get more vitamin D.
Once you’ve got yourself moving a little more in the office you might find that you feel better, have more energy and look more energised. You can also build in more social connections with your workmates. Invite them along to your walks and organise office activities such as yoga, a running club, or walking group.
As a business owner, you might even look into subsidising gym memberships or arranging instructors to come into the office, you’ll see the benefits for you and your business.