GUEST POST: SIOBHAN BYRNE - THE BENEFITS OF STAFF FITNESS

One of the most common things said to me as a trainer, from clients, is how much more energised they feel after training compared to before. Looking a little bit deeper into it, what can exercise do for you and how can you benefit as an employer from your

When we exercise we release endorphins: that feel good factor you get after training, just the same as when you have that bar of chocolate or that sweet treat, but without the calories. Let’s be honest - who couldn’t do with a few extra endorphins? But is there a direct link between work productivity and an employee who exercises? The simple answer is yes. Many people are surprised by the higher energy levels they experience when they exercise compared with their sedentary colleagues, and it’s not a false energy. We’ve all got home in the evening and been fit for nothing except the couch, or got that midday slump leaving us dreading the latter part of our working day; not really great news for an employer.

It’s often said: “Spend a little to gain a lot,” and this is one sure way of thinking about exercise within the working environment and how it can be of benefit not just for the employer but also the employee. It’s been proven that people who train can be more productive and get more done in less time, and when you think about it, what you want is productivity from staff.

The benefits of exercise, and establishing a working environment where exercise is rewarded, is not only an investment in your staff but also your business productivity.

We all know that exercise can help prevent weight gain, leave you feeling happier and more relaxed, which is great for anyone with a high pressured job. In this scenario getting out at lunch for an exercise class can de-stress you and leave you getting a good night’s sleep, and after all, a rested and de-stressed workforce makes for a happy workplace.

One of the other major benefits that exercise can play a dramatic role in is when it’s used through team event days to specifically build morale within a team. This can be easily done using exercise with team events that really help bond a workplace together, and it forces the staff to engage together in groups they may not have associated with previously. It’s only human nature that we will lean towards building relationships with certain people more than others, but a team exercise event day can get everyone working together to form strong connections that will benefit the working environment.

Another factor to be considered is that by exercising you a build a stronger immune system. That, along with other factors like improved mood, better sleep pattern, better stress management and better performance in work, can all lead to a happier, healthier worker. That means fewer sick days, which is nothing to be sneezed at.

Siobhan is director/co owner of Bodybyrne Fitness and full-time trainer. She is a brand ambassador for Puma. She has been involved in the fitness industry for over 10 years. Her background is in Kickboxing and she has competed in tournaments around Ireland.

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