We all remember our initial introduction to exercise as adolescent, much of which may have been in school where PE was an essential part of our circular and where the ascent of different forms of sports and exercises would have also been introduced. Undeniably this added form of education helped you to become active and burn more calories! And with the many debates surrounding health and fitness, you may ponder: Should exercise be mandatory at work similarly to how mandatory it has been in our education?

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The Obstacles

Let’s face it, many of us are constantly at our desks all day, only being removed from that position when going out for a quick walk, visiting the restroom or when purchasing food. Due to our busy schedules, we are restricted from how much time we have to stay fit, which can increase the rate of sicknesses and weight gain from lack of movement https://www.cbsnews.com/news/cdc-80-percent-of-american-adults-dont-get-recommended-exercise/. And we’ve all heard at least one person who provides every excuse as a definitive argument as so why they do not exercise; everything from lack of funds, to time, to location, in order to convince themselves before convicting others as to why it is not a feasible objective at that point in time for them to keep fit.

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Win Win Situation – Boosting Morale

With millions of people physically inactive from their work, should exercise become a part of the working day? Exercising in the office is not a new idea, though it has not been implemented in all companies. If implemented it creates a win-win situation for the company and employee, in terms of health and productivity!

If companies begin to utilise this form of practice employees will start appreciating the benefits of the company better, and are likely to want to stay with a company who provides the health benefits they need to stay healthy and productive. Not only that, but employees will be able to take advantage of the benefits of exercise, which helps them become sharper and more productive in the workforce. After all, a workout every day will give you the focus and energy you need to work harder! Not mention, with exercise comes better bodies and fitter workers, which decreases the number of sick leaves and absences while boosting their morale and confidence https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/art-20048389

Companies that offer on-site gyms and classes or activities related to exercise and activity have noticed a change in their employees, a positive one at that! Employees come back more refreshed and focused. The time lost during exercising is given back to more efficient work and productivity. Studies have shown that employees who exercise at work are proven to be happier, calmer, and more efficient. They get re-energized, with better concentration and problem-solving skills that makes a day in the office like a walk in the park https://medium.com/@invoker/why-it-s-time-we-paid-employees-to-exercise-at-work-a2e320626992

 

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But of course, it is not just about making exercise mandatory! While I believe exercise should be encouraged and freely done in the office, it would depend on one’s position and activity, as there are some employees who are far more active than others. Also, while we are discussing the topic of exercising in the office, we should not dismiss improving our food selection as well. Instead of bringing cakes or offering junk food and sweets, opt for healthier alternatives or acquaint your workers with what’s ‘right to eat’. You’ll definitely notice the difference when employees are permitted to exercise and begin eating healthily as well!