5 Reasons Your Meeting Needs a Wellness Activity

Adding movement to your meeting is good for guests’ health—but the benefits don’t stop there!

Wellness is climbing the priority ladder when it comes to events, and it’s easy to see why: Getting attendees moving improves learning, aids creativity and boosts energy.

But that’s not all. Other than the health benefits of exercise, here are five additional reasons planners should add a wellness component to their meeting agendas:

It boosts attendee participation.

A successful meeting is an engaging one, and a physical activity break puts guests directly in the middle of your event’s action. Try team exercises to make sure that no guest sits out or feels awkward moving on their own.

It aids in networking.

It’s hard to get to know people when you’re confined to a chair. Be it a high-energy boxing break or a meditative yoga session, the shared experience will connect guests on a personal level, making it easier for strangers to authentically relate to one another and jump into conversation. 

It increases team building. 

A wellness activity can be a great icebreaker that helps attendees get comfortable with one another. If the activity is team-based—such as a steps challenge, where everyone wears a pedometer, and the team with the most combined steps wins—attendees will be inclined to support one another, fostering a greater sense of community.

It promotes your cause. 

If you’re hosting a meeting with a mission, consider incorporating a charitable wellness activity, such as a 5K run/walk or a Zumba dance-a-thon, with entry fees donated to the cause. That way, attendees can get their exercise and give back at the same time.

It offers a new experience.

Hit the trail every morning before work? We all get stuck in our routines, and exercise is no exception. Adding a unique wellness activity to the event agenda allows guests to try something new and explore outside their comfort zones—a positive experience that they will then credit to your meeting.