IT consultancy First Clarity is among the employers trialling a new health and wellbeing programme with Focus Fitness UK.
The Kickstart programme enables employers to offer staff a four-week programme of health and fitness activities in the workplace without committing to a long-term scheme.
Nina Juss, chief executive officer at First Clarity, said: “Staff who used the [programme] were a lot fitter and had more energy in the office, worked harder and retained more energy compared to other employees.”
Dougie Freedman, co-director at FFUK and former Bolton Wanderers player (pictured), is recruiting retired footballers and other sportspeople to train participating employees.
He said: “As sports professionals, we understand how important a steady step-by-step introduction is.
“Many [employee] clients will be happy with a gentle activity session a few times a week. Some will want to go hell for leather on day one.
“Our coaches conduct a full physical assessment of all clients, so we know what they need as well as what they might like.”