Precor
Precor
Precor
Health Club Management

Health Club Management

Follow Health Club Management on Twitter Like Health Club Management on Facebook Follow Health Club Management on Google+ Join the discussion with Health Club Management on LinkedIn Subscribe to Health Club Management Get RSS alerts from Health Club Management magazine
Get the latest news, jobs and features in your inbox
Health Club Management

Health Club Management

News

Should workplaces embrace biophilic gyms to boost employees' health and wellbeing?

Companies can inspire productivity, profit and improved health and wellbeing among their staff by introducing biophilic amenities such as green fitness centres into their workplaces.

That is the view of Despina Katsikakis, a leading workplace design consultant, who claims that the cost of such changes is “negligible when compared the benefits it brings for the organisation, its staff and the economy.”

She made the comments during a panel discussion recently held at Biofit – the pop-up health club in London described as “the world's first biophilic gym.” The role of green leisure environments, particularly health clubs, in improving quality of life both in and out of work was the main topic of conversation.

“We need active design where people can be inspired and regenerate,” Katsikakis said. “To attract top staff, companies have to think about what workers demand. They want to feel that their knowledge development and health and wellness is supported. That means there’s a need for well thought through and activated amenities.

“That’s not just putting a couple of treadmills in a leftover space in the basement, but rather creating something that brings inspiration, delight, respite and helps people do their best work and improve their life.”

“We should understand that 90 per cent of the cost of any business is people and 10 per cent is real estate and other costs,” she added. “Companies typically squeeze out money from the 10 per cent, but don't care that the 90 per cent are heavily impacted. But consider that absenteeism costs the UK workplace £16bn per annum, and £9.8bn of that is due to stress related illnesses from working in poor environments. The cost of doing things differently, by reconnecting us with nature and one another, is nothing compared to that.”

Katsikakis, who is also a senior adviser to wellness developer Delos, stated that movement, interaction and exercise can particularly improve the health of employees. “Eighty-five per cent of the world’s workers work in high density urban environments and tend to spend 90 per cent of their time indoors,” she said. “Over 80 per cent of this time is spent sitting down, meaning 70 per cent of the world’s workers are disengaged and uninspired and not contributing their best”.

She also cited research – first published by the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Los Angeles – that workers who sit for three hours a day will see their life expectancy reduced by two years.

The founder of Biofit, Matt Morley is seeking partners to rollout the concept – pitched as “an organic gym concept for big city life – across the hospitality, wellness, residential real estate and corporate office sectors. The London pop-up, designed by landscape architect Lily Jencks, was a prototype to demonstrate the benefits of working out amid natural vegetation, colours, materials, shapes, scents and sounds.

Exercise equipment is made from recycled ‘green’ materials and the texture, aroma and sounds in the gym have also been selected to create links to the natural world. Workouts avoid “the linear, repetitious stuff with machinery, mirrors and dumbbells in favour of getting people to interact and move in a number of mindful ways that connect breathing and body and mind and muscles.”

Morley has teamed up with not-for-profit fitness organisation ukactive and researchers from the University of Essex to show how activity that takes place in a natural environment, even indoors, has a positive effect on health and wellbeing, specifically by improving self-esteem, mood and stress-coping mechanisms.

Sign up for FREE ezines & magazines
Companies can inspire productivity, profit and improved health and wellbeing among their staff by introducing biophilic amenities such as green fitness centres into their workplaces.
CLD,HAF,ARC,DES
Biofit founder Matt Morley is seeking partners to rollout 'organic gym concept for big city life' across several sectors / Jack Emmerson
Rephouse
Rephouse

News

PureGym has completed the acquisition of Soho Gyms and its 10 clubs, all of which
Winners of the inaugural ukactive Awards were revealed at a gala dinner in Manchester last
National Football League (NFL) franchise the Dallas Cowboys has partnered with architects Perkins + Will,
Leaders from across the physical activity industry have gathered for the first ever Active Uprising
Giving town and cities more powers to decide over taxation and public spending could improve
A leisure trust has ensured that all its senior managers are qualified "mental health first
Dyaco International
Dyaco International
PureGym has completed the acquisition of Soho Gyms and its 10 clubs, all of which
US-based health and racquets club operator Life Time has opened two Athletic Lifestyle-branded clubs in
Physical exercise and keeping fit can protect against the onset of Alzheimer's disease, according to
Budget gym operator Xercise4Less has opened a club in Chesterfield, taking the number of clubs
To celebrate the start of the World Cup in Russia, sports giant Nike has partnered
Fast-growing economies and the prospect of future growth are fueling Asia Pacific's fitness sector, according
The Gym Group is to buy 13 sites from easyGym in a deal worth £20.6m,
Global Wellness Summit
Global Wellness Summit
PureGym has completed the acquisition of Soho Gyms and its 10 clubs, all of which
Work on a £3.5m redevelopment of Leiston Leisure Centre on the Suffolk coast is set
Evolution Wellness Holdings has acquired integrated wellness lifestyle company Fivelements for an undisclosed sum. Bali-based
Premier League club Manchester City FC (MCFC) will open its doors to children later this
Rephouse
Rephouse
1 - 15 of 10,362
Features
People profile
Argos aims to encourage the nation to adopt a healthier lifestyle through our products and education
Features
IHRSA update
The Asia Pacific health club market is now worth US$16.8 billion, according to an exceptional new report. IHRSA’s Kristen Walsh shares some of the highlights
Features
Interview
With knife crime growing in the UK, two entrepreneurs decided a new approach was needed. Ben Wintour, co-founder of Steel Warriors, speaks to Kath Hudson about turning confiscated knives into street gyms for callisthenics
Features
People
Interview
My wife Colleen put a huge effort into getting the first gym off the ground. We had to work pretty hard and there was no goofing around – times were tough - Les Mills
People
Interview
The workout has to be engaging, and that’s what the Lagree Fitness Method is designed to be. If you go to the gym and watch TV on the treadmill for an hour, I don’t think that’s fitness
People
People profile
I’m hugely excited to launch our new two-week Revive programme in Harrods. It’s just the start of the unique programming we’re going to deliver in The Wellness Clinic
People
People profile
Loughborough’s new hotel will have altitude bedrooms designed to improve performance by up to 5 per cent
People
Interview
One of the benefits of our IPO is that people who work for the company have the chance to be shareholders. It’s driving incredibly high retention rates because people feel ownership of the business
People
People profile
We’ll use integrated landscapes and natural materials to communicate a healthy lifestyle - Dan Meis
People
Interview
So many of the women we used for our research reported negative experiences with gyms and suggested we create the space to be as unlike a gym as possible!
People
Interview
We launched a functional training concept called Escalate, that combines non-powered cardio with metabolic conditioning, working around a grid system. We have a fantastic, fluid studio design for this – a huge, immersive space that opens out onto the gym floor
People
People profile
Our research, published in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, showed certain types of exercise trigger greater fat-burning
People
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Featured suppliers
Featured supplier: Jordan named storage and distribution partner for Hatton Boxing
As it moves into the next phase of its 30-year story, Jordan, the functional fitness equipment specialist, has strengthened its existing partnership agreement with Hatton Boxing
Featured suppliers
Featured supplier: Dyaco launches Spirit medical equipment range in the UK
Global fitness equipment manufacturer Dyaco has unveiled a range of specialist medical and rehabilitation equipment for UK healthcare providers and physiotherapy facilities.
Video Gallery
Welcome to Active IQ
Active IQ
Active IQ is an awarding organisation recognised and regulated by Ofqual within the Active Leisure sector designing qualifications that support clear career pathways. Read more
More videos:
Opinion
Opinion: Unlimited variety and convenience key to industry growth, says MoveGB CEO Alister Rollins
Is the fitness industry in a hidden battle with the big tech giants? With social media a core feature of today’s society, fitness is now viewed as a desirable and attainable lifestyle thanks to numerous online bloggers, influencers and vloggers.
Company profiles
Company profile: Pavigym
PAVIGYM is the premier innovator of flooring and interactive solutions for the global fitness industry....
Company profiles
Company profile: DFC
DFC
At DFC, we offer totally transparent revenue management solutions, with clear pricing and no hidden ...
Directory
Audio visual
Lightmasters UK Ltd: Audio visual
Fitness assesment
MYZONE: Fitness assesment
Fitness equipment
Dyaco International: Fitness equipment
Lockers
Crown Sports Lockers: Lockers
Computer solutions
SportSoft UK Ltd: Computer solutions
Exercise equipment
Life Fitness: Exercise equipment
Clothing/promotional merchandise
Taylor Made Designs: Clothing/promotional merchandise
Direct debit solutions
Harlands Group: Direct debit solutions
Independent service & maintenance
Servicesport UK Limited: Independent service & maintenance
Trade associations
International SPA Association - iSPA: Trade associations
Property & Tenders
Dundonald International Ice Bowl
Lisburn and Castlereagh Council
Property & Tenders
Port Talbot
Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council
Property & Tenders
Diary dates
27-28 Jun 2018
Exhibition Centre Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Diary dates
02-03 Jul 2018
The Principal, Manchester,
Diary dates
Job search
Precor
Precor