By Health Shield | Posted 16th February 2016 | Blog
We’re all too aware of the importance of exercise to stay fit and healthy, both physically and mentally. The latest guidelines suggest your employees should be completing 150 minutes of activity a week, whether that is many short blasts or longer training sessions. It’s no wonder that regular exercise can be truly beneficial to health and wellbeing over time and help you to improve your absence management statistics too.
Keeping your employees mental health in check is also known to reduce the chances of any more serious illnesses like heart disease, cancer or diabetes from cropping up. Regular exercise or physical activity can assist in reducing the risk of heart disease, but also help control your weight, blood pressure and cholesterol whilst improving your mental health. Did you know that the rate of which people are suffering with depression is actually higher in those who suffer from diabetes or high blood pressure? It all works together hand in hand to make everyone look and feel great and of course plays a part in assisting your absence management.
If you and your employees are already active, you’re on to a great start. Keep it up. If not, it is easy to get moving. Remember, to understand what your employees are motivated by, and encourage them to come to you with their ideas of how they can keep fit at work or get everyone involved.
It’s a simple statement that everyone is getting older, but the older you get the more important keeping active is and it is just as important to ensure you look after your employee health and wellbeing. It helps everyone to stay independent and allows them to do the things they enjoy, impacting their work application. Taking part in regular physical activity over long periods of time can produce a lot of long term benefits.
Not to mention if someone has an illness or disability, exercise can be an effective treatment. Studies have shown those with arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, balance problems or difficulty walking have shown an improvement to their conditions when undertaking regular exercise.
It’s easy to get involved despite how many may think it’s easier said than done. Start small. 10 minutes of exercise a day can make a big difference and puts everyone well on their way to the 150 minutes guideline. So use this as a basis to begin inspiring your workforce.
Once this is part of their day they’ll be building up their fitness and improving their health and wellbeing before you know it. In fact they won’t even realise they are doing it. It could be something as simple as taking the stairs instead of the lift, walking to the shops instead of jumping in the car at lunch time. Small changes can make a big difference.
Meet up with friends if it’ll make it easier – go to the local park and go for a walk, or do something fun like an exercise class. Why not start an office slimming or exercise club as an extra employee benefit? Advise them to make sure they mix it up though so they don’t get bored and give up. And remember they need reward themselves to keep motivated so offer them a prize for the most active, or the biggest weight loss loser.
No one looks forward to growing older, but this way your health is one less thing to worry about.
As an employer you must also remember to look after your employees when they require time off work for their own health and wellbeing. Whether that is through depression, or bereavement, remind them you are there to help and support them and offer them counselling from the outset and don’t let them go too long so it becomes too difficult to help them.
A Health Shield health cash plan can add extra peace of mind that you can treat and prevent some common problems including offering counselling and support. Check out how a Health Shield health cash plan could help you to maintain fitness and good health for you and your family.