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Get Moving in the Month of May! How Do You Get Your Employees Motivated to Move?

May 18 2017

You already know the positive impact that participating in sports has on your athletes but do you keep in mind the positive impact that staying active has on your employees? May is National Employee Health and Fitness Month, a great time for you to take a look at your sports organization and ensure you’re making health a priority not just for your youth but for your staff and yourself too. Join in and #MoveInMay!

It’s been proven that healthy, active employees are happier and perform better at work. In a recent study , the American College of Sports Medicine found that workers who spent 30 to 60 minutes at lunch exercising reported an average productivity boost of 15%. There are plenty of simple things you can do to encourage your employees to live an active lifestyle. Some offices have adopted initiatives like standing desks and monthly fitness allowances for employees. We suggest you use National Employee Health and Fitness month as a fantastic excuse to round up your employees to create a team and join an adult sports league. This is a great way to exercise while team building and creating camaraderie with those you work with. When your workplace promotes a healthy lifestyle it makes it easier to adopt in your everyday life. So get out there and recruit!

Also a part of #MoveInMay is National Bike to Work Day. With increased interest in healthy, sustainable and economic transportation it is easy to see how the number of bicycle commuters is constantly growing. In the San Francisco Bay Area over 100,000 commuters will bike to work on May 19! Bike To Work Day Canada falls on May 29th for our friends up north. With summer just around the corner, take advantage of those sunny days and walk or bike instead of driving. Better yet, encourage your coaches, parents and participants to bike to games and practices - it’s great cross training for any athlete.

Get your entire team involved - including parents & fans.

Parents and coaches spend countless hours at practices, games and tournaments throughout the year. Yes, this is time consuming, but it is also a great opportunity to get some exercise! There are many different ways to make use of this time. It is all about being creative and spotting an opportunity! Try encouraging parents to go for a walk or jog after the children are dropped off at practice. Insist that your coaches participate in the drills they do with their teams. Is there a gym or extra space at the facility they practice at? Healthy, happy parents means less passive aggressive emails for you. As a sports team manager, setting up these kinds of opportunities for parents at your venue can create a great culture that will become an asset to your organization and keeps families coming back year after year.

Often as a coach or manager of a sports organization, you spend everyday putting others before yourself but your own health is equally as important. Lead by example and embrace National Employee Health and Fitness month by finding an activity you enjoy. Maybe it’s taking time away from your staff and teams for a meditative run or walk alone. Have trouble sticking with it? Maybe ask a friend or coworker to join in. Exercising with someone else is a great way to stay motivated and accountable. If time allows, go for a walk or run during your lunch to efficiently utilize your time during your workday. Are there stairs in your workplace? Try to take the stairs when possible and stand up and stretch your legs throughout the day to keep the blood flowing and burn some calories. The endorphins released during exercise will give you more energy and help alleviate the stress that those difficult parents can cause.

There are countless opportunities to be active, even for the busiest parents and coaches! Others are out there to help you as well. All it takes is a bit of creativity, encouragement and support. Being able to join a team, or link in with a national health month, are great ways to create extra motivation for keeping yourself fit and healthy!

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