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Olympic legacy continues for energetic employees

To celebrate the London anniversary games, UK Power Networks employees, who keep the lights on in London, the South and the South East, are learning from Olympians how to boost their energy levels and general wellbeing.

From Press releases - 7 July 2017 12:00 AM

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UK Power Networks has teamed up with leading experts at Beyond the Barriers, including Olympic kayaker Anna Hemmings and Olympic rower Toby Garbett, to design a programme to help enhance energy levels and increase performance and resilience – both during the day and outside work.

The Your Energy programme sees Anna and Toby meeting staff, providing a Top Tips booklet and short animations. The programme focuses on three key areas:
• Energy In, which is about understanding the importance of eating and drinking mindfully to fuel the body and brain to function effectively
• Energy Capacity, which gives the fitness to cope with the mental and physical demands of work
• Energy Recovery and Rest– mentally, emotionally and physically - which emphasises how critical adequate rest and recovery is on your ability to perform optimally when dealing with the day-to-day pressures of work.

Practical tips include making sure to start they day right with breakfast, staying hydrated, taking regular breaks, getting fresh air and exercising and the programme also extends to psychology, for example citing how negative thoughts eat into your energy usage.

Aimee Skelly-Burgess, who is working on the programme, said: “It is absolutely fantastic to work with two Olympians on how to keep our energy levels up throughout the day. They are the best of the best and we’ve had so many great tips on how to keep energised.

“We want to do everything we can to ensure our colleagues are able to work safely and efficiently, providing a platform to improve resilience, reduce the risk of stress and increasing peoples’ capacity to cope. The intention is to have enough energy for all our colleagues to work effectively and also enjoy their personal lives.”