By: Dan Karrels
The Current Situation
There is no question that regular exercise is beneficial for our health. Sadly, even with everything we know about exercise, the majority of adults don’t come close to the recommended amount of weekly exercise. The Department of Health and Human Services recommends getting at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity a week, plus resistance training two times a week. The goal should be to get some form of exercise for 30 minutes every day. Understandably many people are extremely busy and may think there is no time for exercise in their schedule. A half hour a day may be difficult for many people, but as the obesity epidemic continues to grow, something needs to change. One solution is for businesses and business owners to step up and take care of their employees.
In the past, many business owners would fend off the idea of providing corporate wellness. Today, it is a huge draw for job seekers and potential employees, so businesses are starting to get on board. There are also many proven benefits the company will receive in return. Exercise improves your physical fitness and it can help boost your productivity in the work place. Exercise can help reduce stress, improve sleep, increase energy and alertness throughout the day, and also help prevent illness (mentally and physically). So not only will employees work harder and smarter, they will be happier, more engaged, and healthier. Meaning they will be away from the workplace less throughout the year.
The Follow Through
Providing corporate wellness for employees does not have to be a burden or break the budget. A corporate wellness program could be anything from hiring a gym/trainer, providing a location or meet-up for employees to use. There are many ways to effectively provide corporate wellness no matter what size company you are or your budget. Business owners should want to see their employees be healthier and happier, while also seeing their productivity excel. Corporate Wellness is a fancy term for promoting healthy living. Since most business owners are also looked up to as leaders, I challenge them to set the stage and lead by example by taking care of themselves and their employees. In the end, it will be worth it.