Lack of time, low self‐esteem and uninspiring bosses are stopping Brits from exercising at work. We surveyed 1,000 employees and 500 decision-makers and found that:
- 61% of UK employees say their employer doesn't encourage them to lead an active lifestyle;
- 26% say they don't have enough time at lunch to exercise;
- 22% cite low self-esteem as a barrier, and;
- 25% say they are too unfit and embarrassed to exercise because they are unfit.
And yet 78% of managers agree that exercise positively impacts employee productivity (78%) and improves their ability to handle stress (82%).
National Fitness Day is all about encouraging everyone to be active. Nearly half (45%) of employees admit they do not do the NHS recommended 30 minutes of daily exercise, five times a week.
For many people, time is the biggest issue. Of those employees who exercise after work, 46% say they'd prefer to do so before work and 62% of employees with good intentions often have to cancel their lunchtime exercise plans due to workload.
For those who are physically active before work, 75% feel it spurs them on to be more effective in the morning while 69% feel more productive.
There are other barriers. Low self‐esteem and body issues prevent 22% of employees from exercising with colleagues, while one in 10 are deterred by the prospect of wearing gym clothes. In fact, more than one in four employers (26%) say wearing gym clothes at work is unprofessional.
National Fitness Day
That's why AXA PPP Healthcare and ukactive have joined forces to urge bosses from businesses of all sizes to help their employees get National Fitness Day off to a flying start by pushing back the working day by one hour to enable them to do something active.
Whether it's organising exercise classes at lunchtime, providing subsidised gym access or just encouraging a more active commute, employers should do their best to promote and support employees to be active during the working day.
Get more information on National Fitness Day and My Flying Start from AXA PPP Healthcare.
Sponsored post. Copyright © 2017 Chris Horlick is director for AXA PPP healthcare.