EMPLOYEE PHYSICAL HEALTH

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Remember health does not necessarily mean fitness. Health is taking a break from the computer, taking a walk, sitting down for '5' if you have been standing all day, getting fresh air, daylight and good food.

We challenge you to encourage everyone in your team to take five minutes to do something for their physical health (you included!) See our tips on how to do this below.

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Adam Chatterly

Iain R Bell
Executive Fitness Foundation

Website: http://ef1.com

Iain is an international wellness and health consultant with a track record in Education and Corporate Wellness for over 25 years. A College and University Edinburgh lecturer on health fitness and longevity, Iain also founded The Executive Fitness Foundation in 1991 designing bespoke programmes in nutrition, detoxing, meditation, strength, conditioning, posture and biomechanics.

His foundation has managed all private personal training and wellness at One Spa in Edinburgh since 2003 and led exclusive fasting and detox programmes in India, Thailand and Europe.

 Iain’s Wellness vision is that we all  live our lives with passion, positivity and purpose.

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STATISTICS: DID YOU KNOW THAT:

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Statistic One

Did you know that increasing physical activity levels this can reduce dementia by up to 30%, type 2 diabetes by up to 40% and breast cancer by 20%, (GOV.UK,2019)

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Statistic Two

Just 1 in 10 adults (12%) know NHS recommended physical activity guidelines.

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Statistic Three

Britain’s physical activity crisis, which claims 37,000 lives each year and costs £20bn.

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Statistic Four

64% of Brits spend at least six hours each day sitting, significantly increasing risk of an early death.

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Statistic Five

Work is the biggest barrier to being more active, with 20% of people citing being too busy with work as a barrier to being more physically active.

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Statistic Six

Over 40% of 18-24 year-olds say Instagram has a positive impact on their motivation to be active.

These stats were found in research carried out by The study of 2,004 British adults by ComRes* was commissioned by ukactive Click Here

HOW DO I HELP AS A MANAGER?

  • Provide healthy options – herbal teas / frozen grapes / fruit bowl / water jugs plain or with fruit infusions are all fairly inexpensive ways of ensuring your teams have access to something while on shifts.
  • Encourage 5 minute mobility – This can be absolutely anything – walk for your morning briefing - whether this is around the car park, the spa, the back of house corridor. Drom UK Ltd are doing this exceptionally well at the moment, whereby teams take 5 minutes out to whizz themselves widely around the office whilst there are no clients, or 5 minutes of fun aeroplane throwing, (Drom, 2019).
  • Incentivise physical activity within the workday - so whoever takes the most steps – whoever goes to get the laundry more –whoever walks for all meetings - you decide – what do they get… a product … a star on a leader board for a bigger monthly prize, financial reward…half hour treatment…you decide!
  • If you have a receptionist who stands all day or attendants who literally walk back and too all day with various guest requests and laundry, then give them 5 – put the kettle on, and get them to take a reusable cup to go get some fresh air – or sit in the staff room. If your therapists are in darkened rooms – get an SAD lamp (available from multiple places for under £100) and put this in your staff room so that this is on all day. Especially as we head into October and November.
  • Encourage use of annual leave throughout the year so that burnout does not occur
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THE SLEEP COUNCIL

In today's fast-paced, non-stop world, research by the UK's Sleep Council has found that almost a third of us don't get enough sleep most nights. Insomnia can wreak havoc on everyday life - leaving us feeling exhausted, irritable and unwell. Lack of sleep has also been linked to a whole host of long-term chronic conditions including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, obesity and depression.

30 DAY BETTER SLEEP PLAN

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SPA SCHEDULING TIPS

“Humans are not designed to be awake at night. People who regularly work night shifts are thought to be at a greater risk of cancer and heart disease”, (Mental health organisation, 2019). Be mindful of this when scheduling your attendants or receptionists – if they finish on a close, and you need an early shift, encourage your rota to be rolling so that people have sufficient sleep between shifts – think about how long it takes you to unwind after a shift. People finishing shifts at 10pm will not be healthy long term if they then are back on a 6am shift.

 

BOOK RECOMMENDATION

222 Ways to Trick Yourself to Sleep by Kim Jones

Wide ranging, backed by science and research, informative and easy to understand, this is a great book for the sleep-deprived'.

Lisa Artis, The Sleep Council

 

View the book on Amazon Click Here