Spinneyfields staff work out at work

Staff at Spinneyfields Centre in Rushden take part in a Zumba session led by instructor Nicki Lowe
Staff at Spinneyfields Centre in Rushden take part in a Zumba session led by instructor Nicki Lowe

Staff at Spinneyfields Specialist Care Centre in Rushden got active alongside thousands of other workers nationwide as part of Workout at Work Day.

The initiative, which has been organized by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy encouraged employees to avoid the poor work habits which can cause musculoskeletal disorders or stress and instead to take more exercise.

The day also highlighted to employers the benefits of having a fitter and healthier workforce.

Spinneyfields Specialist Care Centre staff played football matches, badminton and did skipping and Zumba.

Spinneyfields Specialist Care Centre manager Ann Thompson said: “Spinneyfields Specialist Care Centre wants its staff to lead healthy lifestyles, and we believe that if we can help our staff to do that, then that will have benefits for us as a business, such as lower sickness absence, increased productivity and higher staff morale.

“Workout at Work Day was a fun way for us to show our commitment to creating a healthy, happy workforce and hopefully will help to encourage our staff to take up a more active lifestyle.”

Chartered physiotherapist Clare Claridge added: “Sickness absence at work due to such problems as back, arm and neck pain costs around £7.4bn per year.

“Workout at Work Day is about highlighting the work physiotherapists do to help people remain in work or return to work but also to show the value of having healthy and productive staff to employers.

“Employers that have taken steps to address health and wellbeing report many benefits – including reduced sickness absence and improved competitiveness and profitability. “

The event was held at the end of last month.