“New Year’s Resolutions.” The phrase that brings to mind the pledging of unrealistic goals, only to keep at it for a few days before giving up… but it doesn’t have to be that way!
To help you and your employees stay motivated to follow through in 2015, provide them an Employee Fitness Challenge and include Cinergy’s ropes course Sky Walker and Laser Tag as some of those challenges! Cinergy can provide so much more than a weekend of movies… we’re also a unique, fun way to get exercise! Laser tag can be an especially great workout and a fun way to spend an evening… If you actually engage in some infantry tactics rather than playing sniper, you could burn upwards of 500 calories!
Why Employee Fitness Challenges are beneficial?
Challenges can be a great way to boost employee health, productivity and morale. An employee fitness challenge is a contest between employees — either individually or as part of a team — to increase their physical activity and manage their weight in a fun way. The challenges can provide several benefits for both employees and employers and you can implement them in a variety of ways.
By boosting employee fitness, corporate wellness and fitness challenges help employees to develop healthier eating and exercise habits, manage stress better, and improve their overall health. These challenges have also been shown to reduce absentee-ism and improve job performance. Plus, research shows that at least 50% of healthcare costs are driven by the lifestyle-related behaviors of your employees, such as smoking, poor diet and lack of exercise. Investing in your employees’ health makes for happier, healthier companies all around.
Sixty-eight percent of Americans are overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Through an employee weight-loss and/or exercise challenge, you can do your part to stem the rise of this epidemic while making it more convenient and fun for your employees to meet their weight-loss goals. Some companies provide free gym memberships and online diet and exercise journals for employees to track their progress. They also provide incentives such as cash prizes or trips to employees who lose the most weight or log the most exercise minutes.
If you or your human resources department needs advice on starting an employee fitness challenge in your company, contact your health insurance provider. Some (e.g. BlueCross Blueshield) provide Employee Fitness Contest Kits with information on how to prepare, execute and evaluate the challenge. You can also bring a corporate wellness consultant or company like Building Healthy Texans to help get your program started. Once the program is set up, the trick is getting your employees excited about participating… that’s where we come in! Making our Laser Tag and Ropes course (SkyWalker) one of your fitness/wellness challenges not only adds excitement to the mundane task of exercise, but we’ll provide you with some Cinergy prizes* to award successful participants!
*Cinergy prizes will be rewarded after the completion of the program and based upon employee participation. To receive prizes, please send a request on company letterhead detailing the health program, the number of participating employees, and the number of calorie-burning hours. Requests can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or to the location of your choice.