A focus on wellness is becoming more common in workplaces across the country. Sixty-six percent of HR managers say their health and wellness offerings have increased in the last five years. This is a win for employees—and employers. Studies have shown that employees who participate in a health promotion program gained an average of 10.3 hours in additional yearly productivity and saved their companies an average $353 per person annually in productivity costs. Plus, wellness programs lead to fewer sick days.
Want to encourage your employees to take better care of themselves? Promotional products for fitness can help your employees eat better, drink more water and get physical.
Increase physical activity
According to Mayo Clinic®, adults should aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day. If your organization has an exercise room on site, or offers subsidized gym memberships, encourage employees to take advantage by offering a prize drawing for attendance. A Slazenger 20″ Gym Yoga Duffel Bag is a motivating reward. If a gym isn’t part of your benefits package, a brisk lunchtime walk can do the trick. Encourage employees to walk more by providing them with a Pedometer—be sure to let them know that every 2,000 steps is a mile. A wellness gift for employees, like the Walking for Your Health Pocket Slider, can help them get the most out of their walks. They also can track their walking (and eating) with a Food & Fitness Journal.
Change their diet for the better
The food pyramid of old has been replaced by the food plate—a simple visual that lays out recommended servings of meat, grains, fruits and vegetables. According to the CDC, only 1 in 10 adults eats enough fruits or vegetables. Giving your employees a Portion Plate – Food Graphics shows them what a healthy plate of food looks like. Hand these out at your next lunch-n-learn, where you can also share health tips and nutritious recipes. Wellness gifts for employees, like a Vegetable Peeler or Veggie Spiralizer, can help them turn fresh veggies into delicious meals. Offer these as prizes for each healthy recipe they share with the team. Or, encourage them to grow their own fresh vegetables with seed packets for carrots, cucumbers, eggplant and tomatoes as prizes.
Yoga at work has several benefits, including reduced stress, increased focus and improved morale. Bring in an instructor after hours or offer employees a discount to a local class. Yoga also makes a great team-building exercise. Help them prepare for their experience with a Traveler Yoga Mat, Yoga Block and Microfiber Yoga Mat Towel.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
There are countless benefits of drinking water. It helps regulate body temperature, lubricates joints and can help give employees more energy. According to Mayo Clinic, adults should consume between 11.5 and 15.5 cups per day. Promotional products for fitness can help your employees reach those goals. Hold a water challenge where staff record their water intake for a week. Reward those who meet their goal with a Hand Grip Fitness Bottle or enter everyone who participates into a prize drawing for a Thermos® Connected Hydration Bottle with Smart Lid. If plain water isn’t their thing, try something different. Stock your office fridge with H2O infused with cucumbers, citrus or berries. They can duplicate this refreshing drink with their very own Fruiton Infuser Sport Bottle.
The gift of good health keeps on giving—to your employees, and to you
Taking care of your employees by offering them promotional products for fitness can bring better health to all of your employees, making them happier and more productive.