A deadline approaches. An email needs to be sent. A meeting agenda awaits your review. When your office days are jam-packed, it can be tricky to find both the time and motivation to get moving. How can you counter office-chair inertia and promote fitness at work?

63% of office workers are concerned with the amount of time they sit at work.

People spend more than 15 hours sitting each day, so it’s not surprising that 63 percent of Canadians say they are worried about how much time they spend sitting down at work. Too much sedentary time can lead to health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and stroke.

 

Experts recommend getting 2-1/2 hours of physical activity each week.

Since the Public Health Agency of Canada recommends 2-1/2 hours of physical activity each week, encourage employees to block 30 minutes on their calendars to get up and move. Use fitness swag to motivate them and celebrate their milestones.

 

There’s more to taking active breaks at work than just moving.

Taking periodic breaks to get up and move reduces eye strain and repetitive stress injuries.

Getting up periodically and moving around doesn’t just reduce the risk of serious health problems. By taking active breaks from the computer, employees can eliminate productivity killers, such as eye strain and repetitive stress injuries.

What kind of activity is needed to get people up and moving at work? Walking, running, yoga—or even simply standing and stretching—can help get blood pumping and muscles moving.

Celebrate employees’ progress with fitness giveaways.

Stay a step ahead with promotional activity trackers.

Whether your team is highly collaborative or highly competitive, pedometers and activity trackers can bring a little fun to your workplace wellness program. Employees don’t only see what they’ve accomplished, but they can also compare their activity with others. Create either a group goal or competition so people have something to aim for; then give them an activity tracker so they can keep track of everything they do.

  • For collaborative organizations, choose a team trek—say, from Toronto to Banff. The goal is for the team to log the equivalent distance between those two cities by meeting their step goals. Each kilometre a team member walks puts the team closer to the “destination.”
  • For competitive teams, set an individual challenge, like walking the stairs in the CN Tower. Challenge each participant to log 144 flights of stairs—the equivalent of climbing the CN Tower—each week.

Kick off your fitness challenge with a Clearview Pedometer. Employees can use it to track the steps they’ve taken and calories burned each day up to a week, helping them see progress toward their fitness goals.

Or, take activity tracking a step further with the Smart Wear Bluetooth® Tracker Pedometer. This high-tech fitness watch lets employees monitor their physical activity as well as their sleep quality, and then upload it wirelessly to their smartphone or tablet.

 

Keep employees moving with great gifts for working out—even in small spaces.

When employees don’t have a good place to go for a walk—or the weather’s lousy—fitness giveaways that make a quick, small-space workout possible can be very helpful.

For great cardio that gets team members’ blood pumping, the Digital Cordless Jump Rope works wonders. (Best of all, it does so without a long rope thwapping the office floor!) This useful workout tool displays the number of jumps and has a built-in timer, perfect for setting up a quick workout.

For a calming, steady way to increase flexibility and improve balance, encourage employees to make stretching a part of their daily routine with Fitness Mat with Carrying Case. Hand out a laminated sheet of stretches employees can do on their own, or set up a space where people can perform yoga together. An atrium or conference room provides a perfect space.

 

It’s never too late to start getting fit.

Help your team feel fit and healthy by promoting workplace wellness. Fitness swag is ideal for kicking off new fitness challenges or rewarding milestones. And when you draw attention to the fitness wins your team has, you encourage others to get out of their chairs and get moving. Let the endorphin rush begin!

 

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Becky Dillenberg

Becky is 4imprint’s Marketing Manager for Public Relations and Content, and has been with 4imprint for 7 years. Becky writes about how promotional products can help organizations grow and spread their messages, as well as 4imprint news.

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