The new year marks a fresh start and oftentimes the theme of healthy habits is at the forefront of people’s minds. Support your employee’s New Year’s health intentions by integrating these 5 low-lift wellness activities into the workday.
1. Mid-day Move Challenge 🏃♂️
Research shows that accumulating small spurts of physical activity throughout the day is just as effective for improving health and fitness as doing one big workout.
Encourage your employees to leave their desks and move their bodies during the workday. This could be a walk around the block, 5 minutes with resistance bands, or a quick HIIT class during a lunch break.
2. Walking Meetings 🚶♀️
Take internal meetings to the streets. Enjoy the benefits of the outdoors, gentle exercise, and connecting with colleagues on a walking meeting. Go in pairs or small groups, so everyone’s heard properly.
3. Fitness Class 🏋️
Host in-person or virtual fitness classes for your staff. Hire a professional instructor in your local area to lead a session or stream a free class online over your video chat platform of choice. Make it a double-whammy fitness and stress relief session with a yoga class.
4. Meditation 🧘♀️
Meditation helps lower heart rates, increases groundedness, and augments focus. Facilitate these benefits for your team through guided meditation sessions or offering company-wide subscriptions to a meditation app. We recommend Headspace for Work. Their tailored programs include a database of meditation exercises, an Employer Dashboard and digital launch kit, and engagement reporting offerings.
5. Healthy Eating Cooking Classes 👩🍳
Share healthy recipes, tips, and tricks at healthy eating cooking classes. You can make it a one-time event, or (if it’s a hit) a recurring event. Schedule different themes, like vegetarian, comfort food, and Mediterranean meals. Encourage staff to lead the sessions.
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