Everybody needs at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity—enough to feel your heart pumping and increased breathing—every day. Luckily, we don't need to get all 60 minutes at once.
Healthy workplaces stock a fitness area or activity room for employees to use during the workday. The return on investment in employees' physical activity is significant—improvements in employee health as well as improvements in productivity, absenteeism, and morale.
Fitness equipment can fit easily in a break area, empty office, or seldom used conference room. Smaller items can be offered for employees to "check out" and take to their work area. Consider these possibilities:
Under desk pedal exercisers
Healthy workplaces also support employees in their efforts to get more active by sharing tips—hang signs or offer ideas in emails and newsletters. Here are a few examples: