Fitness and physical activity are essential to overall worker wellbeing, it has been confirmed, with employers being urged to ensure they incorporate such activities into the workplace.

Leeds Beckett University used its six-week Beckett Steps Challenge, which saw more than 700 employees make a virtual 1,000 mile journey using activities such as cycling and swimming, to highlight the importance of physical activity.

Other workplaces also promoting the importance of physical wellness include the Fox Agency, which is offering its workers free group personal training sessions, and Money.co.uk, which is paying for pitch and court hire to encourage staff to get active.

John Hamilton, the head of health, safety and wellbeing at Leeds Beckett University, said of the report: “We thought we were running a wellbeing challenge, but it turned out to be more of an engagement initiative for working in teams together.”

Professor Sir Cary Cooper, president of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and 50th anniversary professor of organisational psychology and health at Alliance Manchester Business School, said: "Keeping physically active is very important but being psychologically active is also very important.”

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