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Promoting Active Living

Photo of a man walking up stairs.Regular physical activity, a minimum of 150 minutes (or 2 ½ hours) each week, has many health benefits. However, getting started or maintaining an active lifestyle can sometimes be difficult, especially when the majority of adults spend more than half their day at work. Employers can help support their employees by following some of the ideas listed below for promoting active living in the workplace.

What Employers Can Do:

  • Encourage employees to use the stairs instead of the elevator whenever possible. Make sure all stairways are well-lit and safe, and if possible, make them more appealing by decorating. 
  • Provide bike racks to encourage employees to bike to work. Organize a commuter challenge (external link).
  • Provide lockers and showers on site to encourage employees to be active before work, during lunch, and after work.
  • Encourage corporate sports teams, such as soccer, baseball and hockey.
  • Arrange for corporate discounts or group rates at a local fitness or recreational centre.
  • Encourage your employees to walk at lunch.
    A Practical Guide to Starting a Workplace Walking Group (external link)

How Much are Your Employees Sitting?

We all know that being physically active is important. New research shows that decreasing sedentary behaviour deserves equal attention. Sitting for long periods of time is now being linked to chronic disease. You can help make your employees aware of this new way of thinking.

Resources to Reduce Sedentary Behaviour in Your Workplace

If your workplace is primarily an office setting, consider installing walking or adjustable work stations that allow employees to stand for part of their day.

Resources to Promote Active Living in Your Workplace

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