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Olympic fever helps keep employees fit a year later

A year on from the London 2012 Olympics, the feel-good factor continues to prompt people to take more exercise, presenting opportunities for employers to boost morale and motivation.

The results of a ComRes poll for the BBC suggest people are more active since the Olympics, with 11 per cent exercising more than a year ago, rising to 24 per cent for those aged 18 to 24.

Most of us know that how we feel affects how we perform at work. Active employees take a third fewer sick days than their less active colleagues and healthy workers are more likely to give better service and show greater commitment and creativity. Workplace sport and health programmes can improve staff morale, motivation and working relationships.

Simple initiatives such as promoting healthy food in staff canteens, encouraging employees to cycle or walk to work and organising team-building exercises around sports and outdoor activities can all help to bring sport and healthy living into the workplace. Local sports facilities and training providers often organise 'come and try' sessions after work or in lunch-breaks.

The survey of 3,218 adults, conducted by ComRes, aims to understand public perceptions of the Olympic legacy. It found that, of those polled:

  • 11 per cent said they are more active as a result of the Games
  • 32 per cent said the Games had a positive impact on sports facilities
  • 22 per cent said the Games had improved their local economy
  • 21 per cent said the Games had resulted in improved public services.

Recent government research also suggests the UK economy received a £9.9bn boost in trade and investment from staging the Games.

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