John Basedow: Fitness is not just necessary to stay in shape; it's an important of maintaining your overall health. Unfortunately not everyone you interact with will be as fitness minded as you are. But with just a few simple tips you can encourage your office to make fitness a priority.
Have a meeting with your superior and discuss the long term benefits of encouraging a healthy lifestyle in their employees. As overall health improves, insurance cost go down, a benefit any employer would love. Walking as little as 15 to 30 minutes a day can have major health benefits, increased productivity and boost employee moral.
Plant the idea of fitness with charity events. You can even plan your own charity fitness event to benefit a local community center or school. Promoting physical activity can be as simple as giving pedometers to employees or marking a walking course around the office.
Create incentives for employees who walk a certain distance each day or challenge yourself to be the personal best. Awards for the most active employees are of great incentive.
Create an office fitness challenge and take advantage of social media that tracks activity to make it competitive. Have participants log their exercise hours or weight loss percentage and award them with healthy incentives.
By putting an emphasis on the health of the entire office, both the company and its employees will benefit in the long run from increased fitness.