As more companies take steps (pardon the pun) to improve the health and wellbeing of their employees, walking has to be the perfect solution. It can be done pretty much anywhere, involves minimal changes in clothing and gets people outdoors too! It can harness the power of nature, relax the neck and shoulders and does not have to make people too uncomfortable and sweaty either.
As workplace initiatives begin to accelerate, companies are looking for ways to encourage their staff to be more active and take more care of their mental health. Walking does both with every step but also provides ways that staff can engage with each other and build team spirit.
Walking meetings are a great way to touch base to brain storm ideas and can be more productive than sitting is a stuffy boardroom. Having a workplace WALX club also helps to generate cross department relationships which fosters a stronger respect and understanding for what colleagues actually do!
A recent Deloitte Corporate Wellness Report found that 78% of employers are looking to invest in physical activity programs in the next three years, whilst being active is also the focus of schemes already in place.
According to the report, on-site fitness classes are among the most popular current offerings from employers which is why WALX is set to be a great solution for UK companies. In the US fitness sessions at work were offered by 70% of corporations which had a wellness programme in 2018. Many also offered memberships of external gyms at discounted rates which is also something the WALX concept provides. We aim to provide companies with the ability to run their own WORKPLACE WALX but also signpost their employees to the wider WALX programme so they can continue to be active in their free time. This flexible approach provides access to thousands of inspirational WALX at times that suit.
In addition to general walking we think its great add in some elements of mindfulness, perhaps Yoga or Tai Chi to daily WALX and this often encourages more employees to take part. Similarly, a good WALX Master will be able to add some oomph to workplace WALX by adding upper and body exercises, some Nordic walking or circuits which are great where space is limited.
Finally, by offering training for employees to become WALX guides or champions we can make sure that our Workplace programmes are both affordable and sustainable” says Innes Kerr from WALX HQ
A great example of how a workplace incentive worked for one Lady is Pam’s story – she lost 8 stone after a wellbeing group at her Employer Aviva set up a Nordic Walking Taster with one of our NWUK Instructors
If you would like to introduce a WORKPLACE WALX or NORDIC WALX programme to your company call WALX on 0333 1234 540.