Encouraging physical activity
What you need to do
Employers should encourage employees to remain safely active while they are working from home.
Why this is important for you
Working from home for an extended period of time can lead to staff feeling that they don’t have a routine, and could leave them feeling relatively inactive and unfit.
Physical activity is a positive step towards helping employees maintain good physical and mental health and a healthier weight. Increased physical activity will also protect employees against Musculoskeletal (MSK) health issues, which is one of the leading causes of absence from work in the UK.
How you can support your employees
If possible, offer e-learning programmes on topics of health and well-being. You can also encourage employees to participate in online or app based forms of exercise. Employees could also consider participating in online mindfulness, virtual coffee and chat sessions.
Employees could undertake some outdoor activities like a walk or a run, do some gardening, climb the stairs, use the exercise DVD’s or walk the dog. When outside, please remind employees to adhere to the changing guidance from the government on appropriate social distancing (currently 2 meters distance of separation between any two individuals) and limiting exercise outside the home to one form a day e.g. a run, walk or cycle.
The NHS website has links to a number of free workouts, such as:
- innovative gym-free workouts
- Desk chair yoga
- Chair workouts
- Low impact workouts
- NHS One You website offers home exercises and an app to download for advice on physical activity and healthy lifestyles.
- Sport England have some guidance on staying active while in and around your home, if you’re well enough.
- The Body Coach has many exercises to help people during the crisis.