The importance of sports during remote working

by Janne

In times of Corona and working from home, sports & health is more important than ever. In this article you will find why and how to do this best.
Find out how sports can stimulate the working and team atmosphere within your company.

Sport makes your resistance stronger

A recent study showed that people who don't exercise have twice as much chance of getting sick as people who exercise regularly.
There are some explanations for this:

  1. Immune cells move faster if you also move so they can better stop "intruders".
  2. Exercise improves your body functions in general so that you have less chance of becoming ill.

"When you look at all the factors that can shorten your cold, being physically in shape is the most important," says David Nieman, professor of public health and director of the Human Performance Lab at Appalachian State University in North Carolina.

According to Nieman, you should take 30 to 60 minutes of light exercise every day to stimulate the circulation of white blood cells and other immune cells. Think of walking, running or cycling.
This research shows this. 


Sports make you happier

Fact or fable?
During exercise, endorphins, serotonin and dopamine are released.
These are all neurotransmitters; substances that ensure that nerve cells communicate with each other.

Endorphins provide a blissful and euphoric feeling and reduce pain. That is why it is also called a natural feel good drug.
Serotonin, also known as the lucky hormone, gives you a happy feeling and regulates your appetite, mood and sleep.
Dopamine makes you motivated to continue, gives a feeling of reward and makes you happy.

Already after twenty to thirty minutes of exercise this cocktail of feel good fabrics is released. Worth a try, right?

Exercise helps against stress

Stress is partly often caused by brooding. By moving intensively, you break through your brooding behaviour and the train of thought.

For a moment you focus on something other than your thoughts, such as the route you take, the exercises you do, or your breathing. Your mind then goes to zero, bringing you home with an empty head.

Chances are that you will come up with good ideas while exercising.
A tidy head makes you more creative. There will be room for other ideas and solutions.


The importance of sports employees for a company

Entrepreneurs are investing more and more in the health of employees. And why not? Fit employees are happier, more productive, have less stress, are sick less often.

In addition, it also benefits the team spirit of the entire company. So only benefits! But how exactly can you motivate your employees to take part in sports?

  1. Ever thought of custom sportswear? Custom sportswear is the ideal way to get even more out of all your efforts.
    On the one hand it's a motivator for employees to start playing sports. When having the custom clothing for it, they don't have to cross this threshold anymore.
  2. On the other hand, it stimulates the group feeling within your team. Introduce an online #sport channel and let them know that they are not alone. Let them take a picture and use it on social media.
  3. Let your employees know that you are thinking about them.
    Pack the personalized jersey or a pair of sports socks in a box, add a card with a personal message and have it delivered to their front door. Talk about a surprise!

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Playing sports during this difficult period has only advantages.
Employees feel happier, are more productive and their immune system gets a boost.

By providing them with a package of custom merchandise you strengthen the team atmosphere and thank them for all their hard work. In addition, your company will become visible on- and offline throughout this period.

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