More than 40% of all employees do not exercise enough. How can we motivate these employees to start exercising? You can do this by creating support, providing information about the health effects, offering and/or encouraging exercising activities, and rewarding healthy exercising behaviour. The possibilities are endless. Yet, it is also important to recognize the disadvantages of increased exercise, as well as the advantages of no exercise at all.
All too often, well-intended advice is given to employees
who need to exercise the most without any effect, since the employee wants to weigh the pros
and cons of more exercise on his or her own. In such cases, motivational interviewing might
be helpful. This form of dialogue helps to clear up the ambivalence between exercising and not exercising (and to tip the balance in favour of exercising).
How much exercise?
- To stand and move more on a daily basis, for instance by strolling, is more beneficial to your health than an hour of intense exercise. (NU.nl)
- The Dutch norm for healthy exercise starts from 10,000 steps a day to stay in good health. This means 30 minutes of extra exercise each day.
- The Dutch norm for staying fit starts from at least twenty minutes of intense physical activities, three times a week.
- When you sit for eight hours a day, you can compensate the physical damage this has caused with a one-hour walk at a brisk pace.
Tips to stimulate exercising at work
- Stimulate your employees to take the stairs more often, stand during meetings, take a walk during lunch break and cycle to work; create height-adjustable workstations and put a ping-pong table in the canteen.
- Make your employees aware of the Return On Investment by giving them sound information.
- People tend to overestimate how much they exercise. A pedometer might be of help.
- Plan for reminders and notifications. Apps, extensions and electronic agendas can help to keep from forgetting to exercise.
- Keep it simple. A goal reached daily is more important than a perfect workout.
Exercising to combat stress
In cases of too little exercise and excessive stress, more exercise is the most effective and efficient form of stress management. Potential supplementary techniques and methods to deal with stress will add to this effectiveness.
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