How To Get Your Coworkers Involved In Exercise At Work

Do you and some of your coworkers enjoy running during the workday? Our etiquette expert shares how to get everyone involved.


Etiquette expert Lizzie Post, great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post, knows a thing or two about the rules of the road—and the descendant of the famous decorum diva is a runner too!

Q: Office runs are a common form of work socialization at my job, but we have a few co-workers who don’t run. What’s a good way to include them without forcing them to run?

A: I love that you’re approaching this issue with a spirit of inclusion! I would suggest inviting those who don’t run to go for a walk together and have everyone meet up for stretching beforehand or afterward. If there’s anyone who doesn’t want to take time to walk, let her or him know they can join in for the short stretching session only.

If the non-runners aren’t up for any participation at all, you can always make an effort to share a coffee break, or chat with them in the common areas at work just to keep things friendly.

It’s so cool that your office bonds over exercise!

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