How to Energize Your Corporate Fitness Program
May 11, 2022Jordan Lindstrom
Gone are the days when the only things employees cared about were salary and job stability. Today’s workforce is putting more emphasis on job benefits like holistic wellness. In fact, for 89% of workers, a company’s wellbeing initiatives will help determine whether employees consider it a good place to work.
By Allie Cooper
One of the best and easiest ways you can enhance your own corporate wellness program is by incorporating jump ropes! Aside from being a fun and effective workout, here are some other reasons why you should introduce this activity to your teams.
Incorporating workout classes is one of the most common ways that companies roll out exercise programs. However, these classes are usually not the most diverse. To make them more exciting, try exploring a new workout program with jump ropes. For the fitness fanatics in your company, remember that jump rope classes have been proven to be a better cardio workout than running.
Plus, jumping rope is more effective in less time. Evidence has shown that 10 minutes of jumping a day is more effective than 10 minutes of non-stop running. This means that you can easily incorporate jumping rope into your team’s current schedules. Any athletes on your team will also be happy to know that jumping rope can improve their athletic performance. Since jumping involves muscles like the calves, hamstrings, abs, biceps, and back, participants are getting a full-body workout that will increase their overall mobility, too.
Inclusivity is another corporate wellness pain point that jumping rope can address. With over 20% of the workforce living with some form of disability and almost 40% of workers over the age of 50, it’s important that your wellness efforts are versatile and flexible. As a low-impact workout, jumping rope will be appealing for people who have sensitive joints or weak upper bodies.
To assuage any concerns from your team, try working with a fitness and medical expert who can help you tweak your jump rope routines. If, like many companies, you already have access to registered nurses as part of your healthcare coverage, try working with these professionals to adjust your jump rope classes for different fitness levels. Because they’re trained in fields like healthcare assessment and wellness counseling, nursing staff can also provide support for employees who want to take part in jump rope but need a little extra supervision. Unlike other popular corporate wellness workouts like hiking or cycling, jump rope is much easier to roll out for different employee needs.
For many small and medium-sized businesses, corporate wellness budgets may not include extensive trips or classes. At the same time, with the rise of remote working, many employees don’t have the resources to take part in complex workout programs. Thankfully, jumping rope doesn’t require a large budget or a lot of space. All you need is a jump rope, a jump mat, and a few minutes a day.
Regardless of whether your employees are working in the office or at home, you can easily provide them with the necessary tools that they can use at their leisure. Since jumping is easier on the company budget than other sports, this may even leave enough that you can afford to hire a jump rope instructor for your staff. Although jumping rope is straightforward, the guidance of a skilled instructor can make the experience even easier and more fun. There are many coaches available today, and plenty are more than willing to craft a bespoke program that will complement your team’s resources.
Considering that 76% of employed adults have reported feeling burned out, employers would do well to address their employees’ mental health as well. Global reports even show that 42% of employees are willing to stay at a company longer if the company offers mental health programs.
To properly include mental health activities in your wellness program, be mindful of toxic positivity. Instead of simply offering words of encouragement, an activity like jump rope can help produce mood-regulating hormones. Studies have shown that skipping can stimulate increased levels of serotonin, which is considered a “feel-good” hormone. Regularly jumping rope may also increase the production of dopamine, the hormone in the brain responsible for feelings of satisfaction and motivation. These brain chemicals are all useful when battling depression, anxiety, or burnout.
Last but not least, jump ropes are customizable. Depending on your vision, we can custom-create jump ropes with your company’s name or even with the names of your employees. In line with a recent employee survey, which found that 59% of employees were more likely to stay if they receive meaningful gifts, a customized jump rope can let them feel included.
A well-customized jump rope can also double as marketing for your business. This means that any time your employees use their jump ropes, anyone around them will be introduced to your brand, too. Who knows? This may even trigger a conversation where prospective talent becomes acquainted with — and impressed by — your company.
This year, it’s even more important that you offer a successful corporate wellness program to your teams. By offering multiple physical, mental, and practical benefits, jump rope can be the key to unlocking a winning program for your employees. After all, with a well-rounded and purposefully crafted corporate wellness program, you will be sure to better your employees' well-being and your company’s standing.
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