"On this Global Employee Health and Fitness Month in May, make it a point to promote the importance of fitness and a healthy diet whether you are an employer or an employee. After all, healthy colleagues are bound to be more energetic and fun!"
Whether you’re an employer or employee, a manager or team member, you know (at least I hope you do!) that a company’s most important asset is its people. It wouldn't function - let alone exist - without them. If you're a small business owner (like me) you know that to be true, especially if you're a one-person show or (like me again) you've started a business with others yet operate without a full/part-time staff. That's why it's so important to invest in YOUR well-being.
Investing can take different forms. It's not uncommon, for example, for companies to offer their employees a fitness benefit (e.g., discounted or free gym membership) or some kind of wellness program to encourage healthy behavior (e.g., healthy eating or quitting smoking). Other ways to invest in health and fitness at the workplace - requiring little to no capital - include:
- Access to healthy snacks
- Flexible work-arrangements (including needed time-off)
- Encouraging others to step away from their work
As an employee, I've personally benefitted from all the above.
As a small business owner with no staff, it's CRITICAL that I invest in my health and fitness. I've implemented better eating habits since November 2020 that helped me lose 30 pounds. I'm physically active - and I'm not talking about spending countless hours in the gym. I do light exercises at home including at least 10-15 minutes of stretching each morning BEFORE I check my phone or turn on my laptop.
I've even started to go for morning walks around my neighborhood to de-stress, clear my head, and get my daily dose of Vitamin D. Oh…and connect with the Outside World and marvel at Mother Nature. Ain't she lovely?!?
How are you promoting health and fitness this month (and throughout the year)?