Shocked by the decreasing average age of men getting heart attacks, IT industry is realizing the brutal effects of a sedentary lifestyle. There have been cases of young men aged 24 to 32 experiencing cardiac arrest. And so software industry in India is waking up to several health trends in order to prevent itself from heart diseases that creep into their lifestyles uninformed.
The health trends have come in the form of big and small initiatives from IT companies that are now suddenly very concerned about the health of their staff. Obesity is a common health condition among software professionals. It is the biggest drawback of a sedentary routine that eats into the physical activities of people. What are these health trends? And how healthy are they? Let us have a look.
Health Classes: Compulsory health classes have become quite a routine in many IT companies. The biggest advantage is that they are organized in the company premises an hour or so earlier than the usual work hours. As a result, most people have to attend it as the hours are made to count in their pay roll system. This has been by far the most practical way to achieve better health of the employees. These classes include Yoga, dancing, aerobics or simply some stretching exercise. ALW has been doing Office Yoga as part of the compulsory stretching among the staff for the last few years. We make it compulsory for each of the employees to choose a certain time of the day and do some stretching for at least 15 minutes.
Personal trainings: Personal fitness training packages have also become quite in among the IT circles. Many IT companies are tying up with local fitness centers to create packages exclusively designed to suit the work timings of their employees. Some companies have these fitness professionals come to the premises and do the training while others are providing separate fitness vouchers to be used by each employee during the month.
Sport activities: ALW ensures that at least twice a month, the employees get to really sweat it out in some kind of sport activities. Trekking is our favorite way to do that. In the past, we have trekked quite a few hills located around the city. Every member thoroughly enjoys trekking and most members look forward to it every month. During company or festival celebrations, we have cricket or races organized to make people work hard physically.
What started as a corporate health trend is slowly taking shape as a health revolution in the IT world. ALW has been quite proactive in keeping the health of its employees and is keen on setting newer trends in the times to come too.