We all know the importance of promoting a healthy lifestyle. Healthy living means a longer, more enjoyable and more productive life. Leading a healthy active life outside of our work environment also reflects inside our jobs. Many studies have shown the benefits of healthy active staff lead to less illnesses, more energy and productivity, and greater confidence. As business owners, our most important assets are our employees! We want our employees to enjoy their work environment and to bring the best of themselves to their jobs every day. Encouraging our employees to embrace a healthy lifestyle choice pays off in numerous ways! Here are 9 reasons why employees are happier when they're physically active.
Fit employees are healthier
An employee who is physically fit is generally more resistant to cold, flu and other illnesses than an employee who is not fit. An employee who is active on a daily basis is less likely to be absent from work and, in turn, could result in lower healthcare expenditures for the organization they work for.
They have more energy
One of the many benefits of regular exercise is increased and sustained energy throughout the day. This energy allows your employees to stay focused on the task at hand; bringing the best of themselves to each task.
They have more self-confidence and inspire confidence in others
A fit and healthy individual tends to have a higher level of self-confidence because they have proven to themselves that they can accomplish what it takes to obtain a level of fitness. This self-confidence empowers employees to challenge themselves, strive for higher levels of achievement in the workplace, and be more encouraging toward their coworkers. A person who maintains a high fitness level tends to be a person in whom others have confidence. It's simple Law of Attraction, positive vibes attract positivity!
They promote leadership and positive attitudes
Because of the many positive benefits of an active lifestyle, a fit employee tends to make a good leader. Fit employees generally "feel good". They tend to have a physical and mental "balance" that results in a more positive attitude in the workplace.
They are driven to achieve more goals
Being physically active often demands that an individual set goals related to their fitness. Learning to stay true to your goals and see them through to completion is a skill that is naturally brought into the workplace. An employee with the proven ability to set goals, and realize those goals, is a valuable asset to any organization because they are both driven to perform well at their duties as well as learn new things.
They are less stressed
When Endorphins are released in the brain during and after working out, they create a euphoric, happy and satisfied feeling. Over time, the feelings can relieve physical and emotional tension that life brings our way. Fit employees tends to have lower overall stress levels than those who aren't active because they can use physical activity as a stress reliever and also use activity to give them a mental break – bringing them back to work the next day prepared and with a fresh mind.
They are more enthusiastic about team building
Team activities like softball or soccer are wonderful ways for employees to take their professional relationships to new levels and discover new ways of working together. Obviously, employees that maintain a level of fitness are more likely to participate in these activities, but they also end up being more in-favour of team building and are more supportive of their coworkers. Plus, everyone loves a little competition especially when it's all in good fun!
One of the best things a business can do is to promote an active lifestyle to its employees. Being physically active is one of the biggest factors to your employees' health, their productivity, stress levels, and overall confidence in their work. We love to work with companies and their employees to promote healthy lifestyles. So bring your employees to FitCamp or sign up for a group session! It's a great way to get fit and maintain a healthy lifestyle as a company, and it's tons of fun to challenge each other within the company. Visit bodynetix.ca/healthyworkplace to find out more!