How to get employees to exercise

When you institute a company fitness program, you may be able to increase the health of your employees.  There are many benefits to having healthier employees. There will be less work days, less disability, less doctor’s visits and even less workplace injuries! So, after you institute the program you just have to make sure your employees are excited. That may sound easier said than done, but there are a lot of ways that you can motivate your employees.

  • Have your employees draw names for teams and start a team competition. You can create more office interaction and give everyone the chance to compete for a prize.
  • Create a weight-loss challenge.  This challenge should be based on percentage of weight that needs to be lost, actually being lost. You do not want to promote unhealthy eating habits.
  • Create a challenge for getting outside and exercising. Track hours of exercising or steps taken and see who has done the most.

No matter what kind of challenge you come up with, you should be working with a fitness professional.  Your office should have a fitness professional that everyone has access to, to ensure that everyone is going about achieving their goals in a healthy manner.

The prize for winning the challenge should also be a healthy incentive. You can choose to award with cash, gift certificates, extra vacation days or even a trip. Work within your budget to find something that people will be willing to work for.  The rules that you set should be clear and you want to make sure that everyone is able to see the quantifiable results as to why the winner is the winner.

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