Get ready for “On Your Feet Britain” Day on Thursday 27th April!
What is this day all about?
It’s National Activity Awareness Day, and 2 MILLION desk-based workers across Britain will participate in a variety of fun and simple activities to encourage them to sit less and stand up more at work.
How can you take part?
It’s completely free. All you need to do is arrange activities for your team to be more active and involved. All managers can be at the forefront in helping this happen for their own team.
The benefits of the activity
What are the benefits of doing this for your team in the workplace? Firstly, let’s look at the physical health benefits. Studies have consistently demonstrated that leading a sedentary lifestyle can contribute to:
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Some types of cancer
- Cardiovascular disease
- Early death
Extended periods of inactivity can also:
- Reduce metabolism
- Impair the body’s ability to control blood sugar levels,
- Fluctuate blood pressure
- Make it difficult for the body to digest and absorb fat.
There are also mental health benefits as proven by research.
Six ways regular movement benefits mental health:
- Increased motivation Motivation makes people ready to act. It is the force that pushes us to develop, change, improve and achieve, all of which are beneficial to our mental health.
- Improved concentration
Concentration helps you use your resources and approach problems more efficiently. When you concentrate you are less likely to miss important information. Concentration helps you stay focused, creating positivity for your emotional fitness
- More creativity
In 2015, psychologist and art therapist Dr. Cathy Malchiodi developed many studies about how creativity increases positivity, reducing stress and anxiety.
- Better performance
If we perform well, we will succeed and success gives us confidence, which leads to better mental health.
- Less stress
Movement relaxes the muscles in our bodies, reducing stress.
- Lower levels of anxiety and depression:
Movement gives us focus, improving our mood and helping us worry less.
Managers are mainly aiming for more productivity, less absenteeism and lower staff turnover. My belief is that all these benefits will lead to our top three goals. Let’s encourage more movement for our teams.
What can you do? How can we help reboot and energise our team’s workplace habits?
10 Ways managers can encourage the team to stand up more:
- Introduce Stand Up Desks both in the office and while working from home.
- Organise team lunchtime walks when you are in the office. Did you know the average time it takes to walk a mile is only 20 minutes?
- Introduce walk and talk Zoom team meetings while working from home.
- Encourage people to stand up when on calls.
- Walking meetings or 121’s while in the office.
- Allow your team members to listen to a work webinar while riding a peloton, riding an exercise bike, or jumping on a mini trampoline.
- Get your team members to set an alarm every 30 minutes to take a break from their computer and walk away from their desks.
- Make exercise challenges for your team. For example, the number of flights of stairs you can run up each week.
- When a colleague is in the office, instruct your team to walk to their desk rather than calling or emailing them.
- Set expectations in face-to-face meetings that you are happy for attendees to stand up during the meeting.
Why don’t you start with three actions and organise them for your team on Thursday 27th April?
Let’s all take part in this very worthwhile day. With all the above-mentioned benefits to our physical, emotional, and mental health, who wouldn’t give it a try?
Bring emotional fitness into the working day
I work with managers to help them bring more emotional fitness into their working day for their teams. If this is something your team needs right now, feel free to book a strategy call with me HERE, and let’s discuss how we can bring emotional fitness to your team.