Once the beach chairs are packed up it’s time to think about Thanksgiving, year end plans for parties and completion of 2009 budgets. Wouldn’t it be nice to finish the year with a fabulous part and begin 2009 with a brand new in-house exercise facility or free gym memberships at a location close enough to work out at lunch? Send me a photo of the completed facility. Better yet, offer me a job!
It doesn’t take construction of a state-of -the art fitness center to launch a healthy lifestyle initiative. Many employers devote a small budget to encourage successful employee health and fitness ideas. You can get started, using state-of-the art resources, without spending a dime. The key is to be creative and choose options beyond standard diet and exercise fare.
the same unsuccessful exercise routine and diets. Peter says, “Use technology
for a different approach. There are a wide variety of tools that can change the
mindset about diet and exercise.”
The basics can be free.
Peter recommends keeping a food journal, the #1 method to ensure healthy
eating. For a low tech version use a
notebook. It’s easy to find small notebooks that were given away at meetings or
conferences. You might even have a few boxes in a supply closet. Take the next
step by using online resources. Peter’s favorite free websites for tracking
food intake and exercise are FitDay and MyPyramid. MyPyramid from the US Department of
Agriculture also includes a range of resources for employers to join a
Corporate Challenge. This is a full suite of materials including graphics,
information, pod casts and video. This is the kind of surfing you want
employees to do during a lunch break.
Local libraries offer downloadable books and small devices
loaded with one title. Publicize a list of fitness and health titles. Weekly
advice from The Peter K
can be downloaded for free on BlogTalkRadio. There are thousands of fitness tools and
applications available for $1 to $5 that can be downloaded from popular music
sites. These can be great low cost prizes.
A logical next step is incorporating workouts into the
workday. Peter has found success with corporate clients using his core exercise
program 5 Minutes to Fitness. The exercises can be done at a desk, at home or
while traveling. Peter encourages results through a 21 day challenge. Employees
are required to track their efforts and respond by sending email results 21
days after they begin the program. Peter notes, “Give employees the right tools
to make it fun, interesting and easy to see results.”
Programs can be started literally with small steps.
Pedometers don’t require a big investment. Buy them for your staff and award a
prize to the user with the most steps at the end of the week. Watch the wait
time for an elevator shorten as people take to the stairs.