Work stress is among the major contributors to illness. When things become stressful in a person’s professional life, it inevitably takes a toll on their general health, thereby compromising their ability not only to work efficiently, but also to function effectively in their day-to-day life.
A lot of times, though, these stresses can be easily alleviated with simple exercises. However, most people are not likely to make room in their schedule for the gym because they are busy. If they can’t make it to the gym to workout, then why not bring the workout to them?
This is also a great idea because science itself backs the validity and benefits of having a workplace exercise program.
Occupational medicine practitioners welcome the findings of a recent study conducted by UCLA researchers, which concluded that having a workout program at work could improve the performance of employees.
Some of the benefits include:
Improved Mental State
It’s hard to function when you have a lot of concerns on your mind. From official business to personal matters, this clutter can easily bog down one’s capacity to be objective, rational, and logical in making important decisions.
Even a half-hour cardio workout, such as aerobics or zumba, could do wonders in improving one’s mental state. Others, such as yoga, can also improve your ability to focus through practiced meditation.
Regular exercise can help boost your immunity, and improves strength and endurance. With a basic workout program at work, you promote your staff’s health and overall well-being. Healthier and stronger staff translates to fewer absences.
Another benefit that your company could derive from having a workout program is that it is a great avenue to foster fun and community building. It’s a great way for your employees to interact outside of the context of work—although the event may be company-sponsored.
At the very least, they are given the opportunity to get to know each other in a fun environment. Building a rapport through exercise may also benefit your company because it could later on translate to better teamwork and coordination among employees.
Consult with a professional occupational medicine service provider such as U.S. HealthWorks about some ideas that you could implement for your company’s new in-house workout program.
Study Suggests Workplace Exercise Has Mental Health Benefits. Agein.
Top 10 Benefits of a Workplace Wellness Program. HealthFitnessRevolution.