How to get fit for summer AND boost your business productivity

By Gary Lockwood on May 25th, 2023

As a busy professional, finding the time to stay fit and healthy can be a challenge. It’s especially tough when you’re the boss – there’s always something to be done that pushes your fitness goals down the list, whether it’s a sick team member that you’re filling in for or a business deadline that needs to be met. However, staying active and having fun can actually boost your productivity in business – have you thought about how you could incorporate networking into your local workout, meeting potential new clients while you get fit? Gary Lockwood, CEO of 24/7 Fitness, has shared his tips with us on top activities and fitness challenges to stay in shape and network with like-minded individuals this summer.

Latest Fitness Apps Available to Download

If you’re really struggling to drag yourself away from work, fitness apps are a great way to stay in shape without the need for a gym membership. Here are some popular fitness apps that have been launched more recently:

  • Peloton is a popular American fitness company known for its exercise equipment. However, the company has recently launched a fitness app that’s ideal for those who prefer to work out at home without equipment. The app offers a variety of workouts, including yoga and walking, to suit your lifestyle. You can try it out for free with a 30-day trial or pay £12.99 per month. If you’ve got a big enough staff room, you could invest in equipment like a bike, and encourage staff to use it too – great for fitness and mental health!
  • Couch to 5k is a fitness app designed for those who want to start their running journey. The app combines sprints, distance runs, and interval training to help you reach the 5km finish line. Best of all, it’s free!
  • FIIT is another popular fitness app that offers over 600 classes and more than 20 training programs aimed at all fitness groups. You can choose between pre-recorded or live sessions, and it costs just £10 per month.

Popular Activities & Sports for Networking

Outdoor activities and sports are great ways to meet new people and expand your network. As well as meeting potential clients, you could look at collaborating on client evenings with local sports clubs. Here are some popular choices if you’re looking to network while breaking a sweat:

  • Rock climbing
  • Golfing
  • Cycling
  • Running
  • Netball
  • Tennis
  • Sailing
  • Football
  • Walking/Hiking

These activities are suitable for all ages and abilities. Joining a local club or group is a great way to meet like-minded individuals and make new connections.

Trending Fitness Challenges You Can Try to Get Your Business Noticed

Jumping on fitness trends can be a fun way to get your business noticed while encouraging team building with colleagues and creating a positive work culture. These are all fun to share on social and do at work. Some training fitness challenges you can try include:

  • The 75 Hard or Soft Challenge – This popular challenge isn’t just about fitness; it’s about transforming your mindset and making yourself mentally tougher. It could be a great choice for business leaders or entrepreneurs who want to dig deep.
  • The Plank Challenge – This involves holding a high plank while jumping your legs in and out and lifting your arms up and down to the beat of a song. While tough in the beginning, this fun fitness challenge will help you build a strong core.
  • The 10 Pushups Challenge – With this challenge, the idea is that you do 10 pushups and then nominate a friend. This could be done in an organisation where colleagues challenge one another, or if you’re a business owner, you could challenge friends and clients who also own their own establishments.
  • The 100 Skipping Challenge – This last challenge can be done by anyone and is a great way for you to incorporate some cardio into your day. Share your journey with others and see how you’ve progressed over a month or longer.

Staying active and having fun can help you feel better physically and mentally, which can have a positive impact on your productivity in business. By trying out some of these activities and fitness challenges, you can boost your fitness levels while making new connections and promoting your business. So get out there and have some fun this summer!

Gary Lockwood

Gary Lockwood is CEO of 24/7 Fitness, who offer affordable, friendly and stylish boutique gyms with 24-hour access across the UK. Each of their gyms has one thing in common – they’re designed to empower you to achieve the results you want. 24/7 Fitness gyms can be found in Birmingham, York, Liverpool, Bromborough, Fareham and more.

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