Greenhouse gives you the freedom to work yourself into a sweat

Exercise is important.

Exercise is important, and you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to know this, of course. It’s also a fact that people who regularly practice sports reduce their risk of diabetes as well as cardiovascular diseases. So, to keep a long story short: sitting motionless at your desk is not good for your health. But what if you have a job that requires you to sit down all day? It means that you have to put in extra energy (literally) to achieve your daily standard portion of exercise. Specifically, you have to do half an hour of moderately intensive exercise five times a week, a standard that seventy-eight per cent of the Belgian workforce fails to achieve. And that’s reason enough for Greenhouse to get things moving. Sweat baby, sweat!

Is ‘exercising’ on your To-Do list?

The advantages of regular exercise are infinite, and of course we aren’t referring to lifting kilos of weights or running marathons. No, everyday routines that allow you to get some exercise are a great step in the right direction. Sport empties your head of thoughts, gives you more energy, and makes you more alert, productive and stress-resistant. As a result, chances are that your level of job satisfaction will be enhanced. You may think this is obvious, but if you work full-time, run a family (yes, this is a business in itself), want to maintain your social contacts, eat healthy, etc., ‘exercising’ may not be at the top of your list of priorities. We understand this, and it’s reason enough for Greenhouse to lend you a helping hand.

We like to move it!

Greenhouse stands for freedom, so also for the freedom to practice sports, but - above all - to find a perfect work-life balance. You can work out at our gyms whenever you like. This means that our tenants and co-workers can come to the gym to work out before going to their desk, during the lunch hour or after work. With or without a personal coach: it’s all up to you. Benoit Henry, who leases one of our serviced offices in Diegem, uses the gym around twice a week. He tells us why.

‘I’m a consultant in the IT sector and spend about 50% of my working time at Greenhouse Diegem. The rest the time I work from home, but I look forward most to the days I spend at Greenhouse. One of the reasons? The gym! It is equipped with professional equipment like dumbbells, kettlebells, cardio equipment and a power bench. I love being able to work out on weekdays, and preferably before I start work. On those days, I leave for Greenhouse Diegem at the crack of dawn. There isn’t that much traffic then, and the gym isn’t crowded either. After working out for an hour I take a refreshing shower and then I can set to work with a healthy spirit (in a healthy body). I have even gone to the Greenhouse gym in the weekends! There is a big advantage to this: I can get in 24/7. To get my energy levels back up after working out, I can always grab a bite and a drink at the Greenhouse restaurant. Everything there is super-fresh and delicious. This is important, because nutrition and sports go hand in hand if you want to maintain a healthy lifestyle.’

Tips for a sporty working environment

We are very proud of all our sports enthusiast. And what about you, would you also like to promote a sporting (or more sporting) lifestyle in your work environment? Then we have several tips for you. There are several elements that, put together, contribute to a healthy lifestyle. Here, we can give you tips based on the following themes: education, environment, agreements and coaching.

Education

Organise workshops to educate your employees or colleagues. What is healthy nutrition? What is good to do - and what should you avoid doing - when practising sports? Workshops can offer interesting information to help you adopt a healthy lifestyle. Little things often make the difference, like establishing good, new routines and dropping unhealthy ones. After all, when a healthy lifestyle becomes a habit it is not difficult to maintain.

Environment

There are many small adjustments that employers can easily make to a work environment to ensure that co-workers get more exercise at the office. For example, there are standing desks: they help prevent back complaints because a person’s spinal column takes on a more natural posture when standing up straight. This is called ‘dynamic office equipment’. Changing your posture often enough is also recommended.

In addition to this, the social environment must not be underestimated because if your entire organisation makes an effort to adopt a healthier lifestyle, you will be stimulated from within. You will notice that making changes becomes much easier. You and your colleagues can adopt routines at work, like taking a walk during the lunch break, making less use of a car (commuting to work together by bicycle if possible) or restricting internal emails and instead walking over to the person to ask your question. These may be little things, but put together they make a big difference!

Agreements

You can also make agreements within your team to include more exercise in your everyday activities. You could hold meetings standing up, or while taking a walk. If fixed agreements have been made in an organisation, it is easier for employees to stick to them. They will have essentially become ‘rules’. No room for debate here.

Coaching

You are never alone, or, in any case, you never should be. Keeping up good habits is easier if you get support, are followed up on and are motivated. For this reason, a sports or exercise coach at work is highly recommended, and here it’s important to respond to employees’ individual needs. Relaxation, back-strengthening exercises or team building: the possibilities are infinite.

Just know that there is no magic rule or perfect formula for adopting a healthier lifestyle. In fact, it’s often a combination of different actions and routines that makes the difference. Take initiatives and just get on with it. Do you have any ideas or suggestions for this blog? Then don’t hesitate to contact us!