Summer’s not over! There’s still plenty of time to launch a challenge or encourage your teammates to consider healthier, more active choices this season. Make it fun with these easy and affordable workplace wellness ideas.
1. Hydration Challenge
There are plenty of differing opinions for how much water you should drink each day. But whether you need 8 glasses or X number of ounces, chances are you’re still not getting enough.
Proper hydration is crucial in the summer months, especially if you are exercising or spending time outside. Challenge yourself and your colleagues to be mindful about water with a month-long hydration challenge! Either go head-to-head to see who can have the best streak, or progressively add in a few more ounces each week.
2. Add in Fresh Fruit
Skip the sweet treats and instead, offer a selection of fresh seasonal fruit to your office kitchen. Make it a challenge by encouraging employees to have at least three servings of fresh whole fruit to their diets each day. (Bonus: fresh fruit also counts towards your daily hydration goals!)
3. Have Healthy Team Lunches
No more sad desk lunches! Eating as a team has plenty of unexpected benefits, from building your company culture and strengthen relationships among teams, to making your leadership feel more accessible and approachable. If you’re not already having regular meals together, try adding in a new tradition this summer…preferably with fresh and healthy foods in the mix.
4. Walking Meetings
Have you tried the “walk and talk” yet? Instead of hosting a regularly scheduled check-in or meeting in a conference room, see which events on your calendar can be turned into walking meetings instead. Adding in just 15 minutes of extra activity each day–inside or outside–can make a big difference in your overall physical health.
5. Summer Fridays
Many companies have already figured out that flexible schedules are a popular and inexpensive perk. Consider closing the office early on Fridays or allowing weekly flex time during this season so your employees can have more time to recharge, enjoy the weather, and practice healthy work/life balance.
6. Start training for a race
Set your sights on a fall road race or event! Get a team together and start training for one of the many races or fundraiser walks that pop up in September and October. The typical 10k training plan is 6-8 weeks, which means you’d be in a good place to start in mid-summer and work up to longer mileage by the fall.
7. Incentives for exercise
Does your company offer a gym membership reimbursement? If so, you’re among the thousands of companies helping their employees access health and fitness. But during the summer (and really, year-round), you can also reward and incentivize people to stay active wherever they are. Learn a bit more about Activity Rewards and how IncentFit helps reward healthy activities like running, walking, swimming, or visiting the gym.