After helping hundreds of organizations establish wellness programs, we ‘ve seen a lot of companies achieve culture change through effective long-term wellness initiatives. However, there is one aspect that is consistently missing across nearly every wellness program: resistance training.
When considering resistance training, it should go beyond simply doing push-ups or using exercise bands. The truly lasting and impactful benefits of resistance training are achieved through a consistent and long-term program of weighted exercises with planned progression. So, what are the benefits of weighted resistance training?
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Osteoporosis, the weakening of bone matter, is another common aging-related condition. It should come as no surprise here that resistance training is a great way to combat this. “Although bone will respond to many types of training programs, especially those with high strain such as jumping or running, it does appear that resistance training provides the greatest osteogenic (increase in bone mineral density) effect.” - ACSM
Hire a certified professional to teach your employees about the benefits of resistance training, how to implement it in their lives, and run a class to show them how to perform exercises correctly. Wellable covers all of this with our Services Solutions. A member of the team is even a powerlifter!
Construct a wellness program that rewards employees for incorporating resistance training into their health routine; steps are not the only activity! Wellable accomplishes this in two distinct ways: 1. Our geo location check-in integration allows users to achieve points in a challenge by checking in to a gym, boxing studio, cycle studio, and much more. This allows employees to achieve points in their preferred manner rather than having to compete on just steps. 2. Our Special Activities feature allows organizations to reward employees for attending educational seminars, utilizing one-on-one health coaching, or participating in a resistance training class by utilizing a verification code to ensure that only the participants are rewarded.
For some easy and clear guidelines on resistance training, check out this brochure created by the American College of Sports Medicine.