AEROBICS in the boardroom and table-tennis in the office are just two of the ideas suggested by a new scheme from Huntingdonshire District Council.

AEROBICS in the boardroom and table-tennis in the office are just two of the ideas suggested by a new scheme from Huntingdonshire District Council, aimed at getting workforces more active.

TimeOut is a new initiative being offered to businesses across Huntingdonshire to improving the health and fitness of their employees.

The sport and active lifestyles team at HDC will offer support to businesses to help them promote and deliver activities to employees either before, during or after working hours, and will provide what they want at a time that suits them.

Other active ideas include short tennis on grassy areas, or even just regular planned walks around the workplace.

Physical activity can benefit businesses, raising productivity and reducing sickness leave, boosting morale, improving staff retention and raising company profiles.

Councillor Andrew Hansard, whose executive responsibilities include sport and active lifestyles, said: "Finding time during our busy lives for exercise can be very difficult for us all.

"TimeOut will encourage businesses to offer employees a chance to get active, at a time and place to suit them. Employees will benefit by feeling more healthy and energetic, and businesses should see a positive improvement in productivity."

INFORMATION: To find out more about TimeOut, contact sports activator Paul Ashbridge on 01480 388842 or email paul.ashbridge@huntsdc.gov.uk