In recent years, many companies have proven the wide-ranging effects of corporate fitness programsin boosting their employees’ physical fitness. The effect is a tremendous help with company growth and development. For after all, a healthy employee is a productive worker.
But as it turns out, many companies are also finding it hard to inspire their employees to visit their corporate gyms on a regular basis. What with the pressures on their actual work, many will choose to leave the business establishment as soon as work is finished. Well, technology is gradually changing that scenario.
Technological advancement has become so influential in almost all facets of modern society the gym workout industry has not escaped from it too. And that’s for a good reason. Technology has been used by workout experts to create a more accommodating environment for workout enthusiasts.
This trend should also be implemented by companies in order to help solve the dismal number of employees who are engaged in physical fitness. This way, company expenses on gyms won’t have to go to waste.
Corporate Fitness Programs and Technology: Partners for Growth
Here are some of the essential technologies that must be incorporated into corporate gyms in order for corporate fitness programs to become truly successful.
Gym workouts can be more alluring to employees if they are tied in with an in-house music that can inspire the employees during their workouts. A collection of good music that can successfully kick in the workout spirits in the employees is something to start with. The company may provide individual music players to its employees during the workout.
Many people are also comfortable using their smartphones to listen to music while doing their gym activities. In this case, the company may just provide a free playlist of songs for workout activities. Companies may even offer their employees with access to premium services that stream music online, such as apps like Spotify, Google Play Music, Sound Cloud, or Pandora.
Wearable technology is a relatively newcomer in the health and wellness industry and it is a very welcome addition. Companies can support and promote physical fitness by providing wearables to their employees, through wristwatches, armbands, goggles, and many more.
Wearable technologies like the Omron, Fitbit Flex, or the Nike+Fuelband are lightweight and convenient to wear. They have the abilities that allow the wearers to constantly monitor: the number of calories burned per day, the number of steps taken, the quality of their sleep, their heart health, and many others.
These excellent supplementary tools can truly increase employees’ desire to be constantly health conscious and stimulate their will to engage in physical fitness regularly.
Advanced Fitness Equipment Technology
Companies may also invest in the latest, state-of-the-art gym and fitness equipment which will allow their employees to do more physical fitness exercises with ease and convenience. Many sophisticated corporate gyms equipment today allow for the workout enthusiasts to do challenging exercises that will stimulate overall physical health condition of the body.
Examples of gym equipment and machines that equipped with advanced technology are treadmills, stationary bikes, and heart rate monitors. These machines allow the users to perform various body weight and many other exercises to help improve coordination, strength, balance, heart health, and many more.
There are even workout machines today that are equipped with platforms for laptops which will allow the busy employee to perform cardio workout while simultaneously performing his or her work.These advancements in gym technology have helped stimulate a fun and exciting workout environment for the employees and eliminate the impression that going to the gym is daunting.
Another important aspect of the current society which has somehow become a need for many people is the ability to connect to the internet. Therefore in order to help promote gym time for employees, companies must provide free mobile connectivity too. This is a great reason for the employees to stick to a regular gym schedule because in the company’s gym they can update their FaceBook status, or post an Instagram photo of them sweating it out.
Additionally, there are many apps for Android and iOS devices that can help track the user workout progress in both at home or at the gym. With free mobile connectivity in corporate gyms, employees are able to connect to their favourite health apps and workout-tracking devices so that they can constantly see their personal fitness logs and will always being touch with their workout progress.
In connection with mobile connectivity, companies may also provide cloud technology for its employees in pooling and storing the employees’ personal workout data and logs. In lieu of a third-party app, the company may provide suggestions for individual employees on their fitness goals through their personal workout progress reports.
The important thing here is for the company to make sure that the personal data and information are kept secured and confidential. Employees must be able to trust the company to keep their fitness progress private so that they can also learn to trust whatever physical fitness recommendations the company can offer.
Cloud technology can become a convenient alternative for employees which can help them avoid the possibility of data leakage from third-party workout-tracking apps. This way, employees have the freedom to share or not their workout progress and maybe even find co-employees in similar situations that can become their workout buddies, and together they can overcome similar physical fitness adversities.
Online Health Coach
Another great addition to a company workout which can also help lure employees to continue engaging in physical fitness is by providing a personal virtual health coach. Since not all employees have the luxury of time to really go to the gym regularly, this virtual fitness coach can help direct their fitness goals to victorious results even when they are at home, at the office, or at the groceries.
There are also employees that need to work remotely from the office and hence away from the corporate gyms. This virtual health coach can therefore be a great help in maintaining the employee’s physical fitness. Having someone or something that will become the employee’s buddy to help set physical fitness goals and achieve them will tremendously go a long way in promoting physical fitness within the company.