Americans work more than any other workers in the industrialized world. We work longer days, get less vacation time, and retire later. So, with all of this working, who has time for working out? The solution is clear: exercise at work.
1. Healthy employees are good for business.
Some businesses offer fitness opportunities to their employees. They’re wise to do so: healthy employees are more productive. Regular exercise is important for physical health reasons, of course, but it’s also good for memory, thinking skills, and even mood.
“If we concentrate on our co-workers, they’ll take care of our customers,” Art Friedson, VP of co-worker services for CDW Computer Centers, told WebMD. CDW employees enjoy the benefits of having a fitness center on campus.
2. It’s good for company culture.
Not only does working out make individuals happy, but it’s good for group dynamics as well. It’s an easy way for employers to show that they value the time, health, and happiness of their workers.
“There’s a saying that couples who sweat together stay together. I think it’s just as true that companies that sweat together stay together,” Ryan Holmes, who works for a tech company that strongly encourages workday exercise, wrote for Business Insider. “Over the years, the culture of fitness in our office has grown with the enthusiasm of new employees and taken on a life of its own.”
3. Work might actually be the easiest place to work out.
If you think you’d feel funny about taking advantage of the opportunity to work out at work, consider: in many ways, it’s actually easier than doing it anywhere else. Exercising at work actually removes many of the…