Workplace exercise program the Pilates way!
Work is tough. Sitting all day, working at the computer, reading emails is very hard on the body. A day at the desk can translate into low energy, fatigue and often minor to severe back pain. The sad thing is that even with 8 or more hours a day at work, all that sitting makes employees less productive. People need to move! Movement is what keeps employees not only more productive, but happier and more energetic. A workplace exercise program if handled correctly can mean a huge boost to employee productivity.
There are many benefits to offering a workplace exercise program. Here are a few:
1) Employees who don’t have time to workout are now able to do so.
2) Produces a healthier and fitter workplace
3) Fewer sick days for employees (because of number 2)
4) Increased productivity
5) A competitive benefit to offer to new hires and to keep current employees engaged.
Pilates mat work lends itself well to an in office fitness program. First of all, to teach a group mat class all one needs is a large enough space and a mat. That’s it. Another great benefit of teaching a Pilates mat class is that even though it is a thorough and intense work-out, employees can go right back to work. Some work-outs are so intense and so sweaty that employees need to shower and clean up making it difficult to squeeze the session in on a lunch break.
The mat class can be done in less than 50 minutes giving the employees enough time to get back to their desks. It can be offered at lunch time or, with time and commutes permitting, at the end of the work day.
A colleague of mine teaches two mat Pilates classes at a medium size company. The classes are held in a conference room and each student is responsible for bringing his or her own mat. Management discovered even after a short time that the students came back from class refreshed, eager to get back to work and in a better mood. She offers her classes around the lunch hour so that employees get a nice break from work and don’t have to come in early or leave late. She tells me that management loves the way everyone comes back feeling so much more energized. Even the management pops in from time to time and they too feel great.
There are two monetary ways to offer Pilates classes to employees: One is to let the employees pay for the class and the second way is to have the company cover the cost of the class. Different session packages are available as well.
A Pilates mat class is the perfect program for employees. It works the entire body and makes everyone feel like they just had their internal batteries recharged. It’s a great way to keep everyone fit, healthy and happy.
For further information on how you can bring Pilates to your workplace please contact Susan Sommers at 646-382-7911.
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