More companies than ever are providing opportunities, motivation and equipment to get their employees moving. At Allrecipes, that includes a Ping-Pong table in the “Bacon” room.

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I’LL BRAG FOR Michael Wray — he is the reigning Ping-Pong champion at Allrecipes.

He is so into Ping-Pong, he special-ordered his own blade (which is what serious players call their paddles). He wipes the surface clean to keep it tacky for games or tournaments.

Allrecipes is the third tech company that Wray, a software developer, has worked for with a Ping-Pong table. At Allrecipes, which shares food-related content on its website, the table is in a conference room called, fittingly, “Bacon.”

I met Wray after a brief singles match he played against his doubles partner. “As you can tell, it’s a little bit of exercise,” he says, sweating from the game.

Wray plays for fun and for exercise. Some days, chasing a tiny plastic ball also helps him solve a nagging work problem, he says.

More companies than ever are focusing on ways to get their employees moving, from Ping-Pong tables to walking treadmills and more. Research has suggested that sedentary time at work contributes more to obesity than what we do in our spare time, and simple incentives like encouraging employees to walk stairs or stand up and take breaks can result in a small increase in movement.

A 2014 study by University of Minnesota researchers looked at employees who used walking treadmills. The results: Their sedentary time decreased over a year, and workers who had a walking treadmill had higher work performance than those without one.

Not all companies are providing walking treadmills. Yet. But some companies are looking at ways to improve employee health on the job.

Allrecipes has fun with the various ways it helps employees move. With lots of employees who have a thing for good food, the downtown office has several kitchens, and the smell of delicious eats frequently fills the office. As I chatted in the main kitchen about fitness options at the office with Esmee Williams, vice president of consumer and brand strategy, one passing employee called out, “I had to start running after working here.”

In addition to the Ping-Pong table, home to fierce office tournaments, the downtown Seattle office also has a basketball arcade, where you can burn off frustration shooting hoops. There’s shuffleboard, with its questionable fitness level, and on Friday afternoons, you sometimes can hear the thud of bean bags, along with the shouts of employees.

The company has a small fitness room, bike storage and showers for the cyclists, plus weekly yoga classes. But it also connects fitness in another, more interesting, incentive tied to health insurance: In January, there’s a six-week challenge for employees, with a point system and fitness trackers. The company also offers fitness points to buy athletic equipment, clothes or running shoes.

If you complete the challenge, you are offered better options for your health insurance. Now that is what I would consider motivation to move.

The company “wants employees to incorporate wellness into their lifestyle,” Williams says, allowing them more time with family or for tapping into another passion.

If I worked at a company where Ping-Pong were available midday, and encouraged, I’d like to think I would take my employer up on it despite my lackluster skills. Maybe I could brush up at lunchtime.

Research also backs up what I know about movement. Despite appearances, I often spend hours at a desk. I have to set timers to remind myself to get up and move every half-hour or so. I sometimes think wistfully about a walking treadmill. I also know that if I am stuck while writing or on a project, if I stop to work out or take a yoga class, the answers often crystallize. More and more workplaces are getting the drift.