Virtual fitness classes are a winning addition to any employee wellness program for a number of reasons. In fact, it’s predicted that employers will be adding more virtual fitness classes to their programs this year. Read on for some reasons you should consider incorporating these classes into your programs.
Virtual Fitness Classes are Convenient
Who wants to get sweaty right in the middle of their workday and then go back to their desk? Most people probably don’t. Providing a workout opportunity to folks while they’re working remotely is much more convenient as they don’t have to worry about being in the office and they are able to hop in the shower afterwards.
They Make Movement Easier
We all know that we shouldn’t sit for too long and should take breaks to move around. However, this can be very challenging when we are left to our own devices. Offering a structured opportunity for movement makes it more likely that employees will take a break from sitting.
Virtual Classes Take the Pressure Off
The thought of participating in structured physical activity with co-workers can intimidate a lot of folks. And doing that activity in fitness clothes makes it that much more daunting. Participating from a location away from co-workers and also being able to turn off the camera may make folks more likely to participate. This also puts folks at ease in terms of going at their own pace and choosing different variations for each exercise based on their level.
They’re Adaptable for Hybrid Teams
If you have a hybrid team, you can provide a fitness class for folks on and off site very simply thanks to technology. This could look like gathering on-site employees into a common space to participate in a virtual class with the remote team or it could be on-site folks taking a live class that is streamed to the remote team.
Virtual fitness classes often cost less than other on-site activities.
I’ve had a lot of fun teaching virtual fitness classes to employees over the last several years. I’ve taught teams who all have their cameras off and I’ve also had teams that chit chat the whole time and sing along with the playlist. Either way, I love doing it and it’s been a fantastic benefit to the teams I’ve worked with.