The benefits of physical activity in the workplace: Part I
September 30, 2022 - By Michael Patsatzis
More than 80% of workers in Quebec have full-time jobs. They spend a large part of their day at work, which inevitably reduces the time they dedicate to physical activity.
Furthermore, the health of employees is greatly influenced by their work environment, which has become sedentary in nature. In fact, in North America, 40% of jobs are classified as sedentary.
The lack of availability, the high number of working hours and the sedentary nature of the jobs are important elements to consider when looking for solutions to improve the physical activity of employees. Consequently, the workplace is targeted as a privileged place to maintain or develop lifestyle habits favourable to regular physical activity.
Health benefits of physical activity for employees
Regular physical activity contributes to the well-being of employees through its preventive and therapeutic role. In addition to being a source of recreation, physical activity provides employees with many benefits related to physical health, fitness, psychological health, cognitive function, and social skills.
Physical health benefits
Employees who engage in regular physical activity not only improve their health, quality of life and longevity, but also have a greater chance of avoiding chronic diseases, such as the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease, the development and preservation of bone health, the prevention of certain cancers, weight management and the reduced risk of premature death.
Impact on physical fitness
In terms of physical fitness, physical activity contributes to the improvement and maintenance of body composition, aerobic fitness, muscular capacity, and flexibility, enabling employees to perform the various tasks associated with their work with greater efficiency and energy.
Benefits to psychological health
The positive effects of physical activity on psychological health are also recognised in both prevention and treatment. It improves self-confidence, the feeling of personal effectiveness and the ability to overcome obstacles. In addition, it has a positive influence on several factors that determine psychological health, particularly the reduction of symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression, and improving mood.
Impact on cognitive function and social skills
Several studies have shown that physical activity improves cognitive function, reduces brain ageing and even offers protection against certain neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Moreover, group physical activity promotes better psychosocial health, is a vehicle for social adaptation, and contributes to the development of certain social and interpersonal skills.
The success of physical activity at work is a shared responsibility between the employee and the organization. To help you implement a physical activity program in the workplace, Nautilus Plus offers a personalized corporate coaching service.
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