Physical activity

Research shows that being physically active benefits just about everyone: individuals of all ages and with or without chronic condi- tions or disabilities. Physical activity not only promotes health and reduces the risk of chronic diseases, but also improves sleep, perceived quality of life, and cognitive functioning, such as attention,…

Strengthen knowledge and skills

All physical activity counselling and training is recommended to be provided by a physiotherapist, a physical education instructor, or an equivalent professional with a qualification in exercise and health. Means Description Measurements Possibility for employees to measure, for example, body weight, body composition, blood pressure, blood glucose, and/or blood lipids…

Create supportive working environment

Physical environment Means Description REDUCING SEDENTARY TIME Shared printers and central coffee machines Replacing personal printers with work community’s shared printers, or moving personal printers from within reach to a distance that requires standing up and taking a couple of steps. Daily steps can be added also by introducing central…

Adopt wellbeing-fostering policies

Means Description Physical activity breaks for all Enabling and encouraging employees to have breaks to stand up, take steps, stretch, and exercise in order to maintain concentration and vitality. This is particularly important for employees with jobs tied in one place, for example, assembly-line workers, cashiers, bus and truck drivers,…

Incentivize

Means Description Exercise during working hours Providing employees an opportunity to use working time for physical activity, for example, 30–60 minutes per week Challenges Launching competitions and challenges to motivate employees to add physical activity into daily routines. An example of this could be to promise a free vegetarian lunch…