Updated February 18, 2019
How can I motivate my office to stay healthy and energized?
Healthy employees are productive employees, so would you agree it is beneficial to improve workplace wellness? Everyone gets bored with their workout regimen. Your employees have probably set their personal fitness goals for the year. To help them reach their goals of healthy living and see the benefit in the workplace, you can re-ignite their goals with your company’s wellness program. One of the best ways to motivate employees to stay healthy is to offer them new ideas on the latest crazes in the fitness world.
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) takes a poll each year, surveying fitness professionals around the world to try and determine what the biggest trends will be for the upcoming year. The list doesn’t change fast because strong trends tend to keep growing. Many times, trends from a previous year reappear in the new year.
Here are some innovative fitness trends infused with fitness promotional products to create an exciting and beneficial wellness program for your business:
1. Gather the Troops for A Group Training Session
The more, the merrier. Build muscle, burn calories, and bond with coworkers at group classes and team-based workouts. Competition-based fitness programs add excitement, build camaraderie and make fitness fun. Not only do they provide support from a like-minded group, they provide the challenge of out-cycling, out-rowing and out-stepping coworkers. These classes are inexpensive, motivational and great for different fitness levels. They make fitness social and produce results. How great is that?
Kick off your company’s group training efforts with water bottles and cooling towels imprinted with the name of your wellness program. We’ve seen a lot of success with mid-day stretching sessions. These giveaways will be appreciated when used both in and out of the office and also help with your company’s branding.
2. Clear Their Heads
While much of the emphasis for health is on the physical aspects of the body, let’s not forget about mental conditioning. Mental health is an extremely important aspect of overall wellness. Consider working with your local studio to offer discounts at Meditation or mindful yoga classes. For 2,500 years, yoga has been practiced for health and relaxation. There are so many different options: Power Yoga, Yogalates, Bikram, Ashtanga, Vinyas, Kripalu and others. To promote this ancient tradition within your company, provide yoga mats and yoga blocks and consider creating a quiet space at your place of business. Offer your employees a list of meditation apps like Headspace and Stop, Breathe and Think (along with free headphones) and bring peace and tranquility wherever you are.
Employees will know that they can go there at any time throughout the day, should they need the time to cool off.
3. Get the Gloves Ready
Anything that makes exercising fun is bound to be a trend. Consider a boxing class to encourage relieving frustration and staying fit. Jumping rope and throwing punches, like upper cuts and right hooks, make boxing a mix of cardio and strength training which creates endorphins. Your employees will leave laughing, assuming no one took it out of hand, having bonded over boxing.
4. Team coaching
Team coaching is another hot trend for 2018. Take this idea (directly from the fitness gym handbook), and bring this program back to the office. For many employees, getting back into the routine of fitness may be daunting. Volunteer team coaches guide, support and educate beginners on the equipment and help empower employees to go it alone in the gym when they are ready. Provide a Bluetooth Speaker/Award to your company’s team coach as a thank you for their efforts.
5. Pop Pilates
Pop Pilates can be found on the YouTube channel, Blogilates. Fitness guru Cassey Ho is a social-media fitness guru that developed this combination of Pilates, dance and music into a full-body workout. Using only body weight, Pop Pilates sculpts and strengthens muscles in exciting new ways. Ho has three million subscribers to her YouTube channel and provides hours of free exercise content and nutrition advice. Encourage young women to “tune in”. She has a positive “love your body” message and helps individuals find joy in exercise. Everyone can see why Pop Pilates is an emerging fitness trend.
6. Barre Workouts
Barre workouts, with the killer burn and low risk of injury, are becoming one of the trendiest (and most challenging) fitness programs. Using a blend of ballet, Pilates, yoga, light weights, and body weight exercises, barre workouts sculpt lean muscles, increase strength, and improve flexibility in an uplifting atmosphere. Versions of this form of exercise are Xtend Barr, Pure Barre, Barre+Cardio Fusion and Pop Physique. Get hearts pumping and take fitness to a level never thought possible! A traditional t-shirt is the perfect idea to advertise your company’s trending workouts like working the bar and Krav Maga.
Wellness program participants that meet challenge goals at Barre could also win logoed yoga tops and yoga pants, or a terry sweatshirt for post-workouts. This clothing is perfect for the series of specific bodily postures used in this form of exercise and relaxation.
7. Krav Maga
The philosophy of Krav Maga is simple: Your health and your body are worth fighting for. If you’re looking for an amazing and challenging fitness regimen, this fitness is a diverse and comprehensive strengthening and conditioning program that combines Krav Maga combative techniques with intense athletic training. In 1948, Krav Maga was originally adopted by the Israeli Defense Forces as the official method of self-defense. Expect this trend to carry through to next year because it offers a unique combination of strength and stamina training, agility and coordination, speed and explosiveness; mobility and balance; power and mental fortitude.
8. A good ‘ole walk in the park
These trends are sure to take your employees to the next level of fitness to feeling great about themselves and what they do, day after day. Call us at ePromos to create your workplace wellness program now!