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The positive effects of physically-fit employees on your organisation

26 July 2019 | All locations

‘Ensure your employees exercise more and they will be five times as productive.’

This is what Tycho Descamps, CEO of Immune, says. Through Immune, Tycho Descamps aims, above all, to promote a healthy lifestyle. He wants to do this not only at the individual level, but also within businesses by means of health packages that can be adapted to various goals and lifestyles. We asked him what the effect of having healthy employees is on an organisation. To already give you an idea: after the interview I spontaneously took a walk around the block! Here we go.

IS THIS SOCIAL PRESSURE DIFFERENT IN OTHER COUNTRIES?

Social pressure is something you see everywhere, but the difference lies primarily in how a company functions internally. In China, for example, there are many companies where the employees all gather at the beginning of the day for a brief workout. It is a habit, just like starting your day with a cup of coffee (or tea). There are some cultural differences as well. In China, the work day is quite long, but to be honest this is not so different in Belgium. What we do notice is that the number of people suffering from a burn-out is only increasing. On top of that, stress levels are much higher than they used to be. The result is that all of us often work overtime and become ill more frequently. Therefore, it is high time for us to embrace a change. Support from the government in the form of grants would be a good first step in the right direction. Our neighbours to the north do this better.

 

WITH INITIATIVES LIKE IMMUNE, WE ARE IN ANY CASE ALREADY TAKING A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.

No doubt about it. Individuals and companies can contact the Immune team. Whether you are 10, 15 or 100, our group training courses focus on the employer’s goal. This can range from strengthening team spirit and organising boot camps to alleviating back complaints and relaxing. I often give a training session once or twice a week and provide the necessary tools to allow people to set to work independently on a daily basis. However, to see the effects this has on the organisation you will need to keep it up as it takes at least 3 to 6 months to build up a stable foundation.

 

ARE THE TRAINING SESSIONS SUITABLE FOR EVERYONE?

Absolutely. The training sessions and levels can be easily adjusted, and if you have adequate supervision you can’t do anything wrong. This is also the reason why I do not believe in gym subscriptions or programmes. In these cases, you may do your exercises wrong, in which case you could be even worse off. ‘Exercising is good. Exercising well is even better.’

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Perfect! (He smiles). I also give brief presentations about nutrition on a regular basis. This is also a health factor that cannot be underestimated. Too many people are still addicted to sugar, often without being aware of it themselves. This causes a bodily imbalance. Many sugars are ‘hidden’ in processed food and food that contains preservatives. Our body does need sugars, of course, and this is fine as long as we also burn them off. However, if we do not exercise sufficiently, this sugar is transformed into fat. Here, to maintain the most constant energy level possible, it is important to avoid sugar to the greatest extent possible and to adopt a varied diet.

 

THANK YOU, TYCHO!

At Greenhouse, we consciously opt for high-quality equipment and furniture that promotes ergonomic health. We have installed height-adjustable desks that you can stand or sit at as you please, because if there is anything we have learned it is that our posture is of crucial importance to keeping our body – our temple – intact. In addition to this, the chefs at the Greenhouse restaurants prepare delicious meals with fresh ingredients every day. All of this to help you keep up your energy level! Would you also like to exercise more? You can make use of the gym facilities at Greenhouse! In addition to this, Tycho’s Immune initiative has been launched at Greenhouse Diegem and Berchem. Drop by to get acquainted and… let’s get sweaty!

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