Five Reasons Why You Should Promote Employee Fitness

As a company, you want to promote employee fitness so that your employees are working at their full potential. But what are most companies missing? Companies will spend hours and hours thinking about how they can improve their employees’ performance, but essentially, there are too many things preventing it. The average working person will experience a long working day, a high workload, a long commute, a lack of privacy, and often not enough bonding time with fellow employees.

Employees often find it hard to switch off and wind down. In the modern working world, work tends to carry on after working hours. This is why it is so essential to allow employees that time to wind down during their work time.

More and more people are seeing that fitness improves performance. We have provided you with the five top reasons why you should encourage employee fitness.

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A fit employee is a productive employee

Being fit doesn’t just stop when you leave the gym. Studies have shown that exercising positively affects a person’s brain power. Regular exercise also helps create a  brain-derived neurotrophic factora protein produced in the brain that helps with decision-making and higher-level thinking. 

Exercise also increases cells in the ‘hippocampus’, which is the part of the brain that is responsible for your memory and learning. As an employer, you want your employees to be focused and hard-working, which can be achieved using exercise. People who exercise daily efficiently outperform those that don’t, so give your employees time in the day to exercise and reap the benefits of it!

Remove the stress and focus on work

Stress is a huge factor in the working world. Whether we know it or not, most of us will be stressed. As an employer, removing as much stress as possible is essential. Exercise increases norepinephrine concentrations, a chemical that helps control the brain’s response to stress. It also releases endorphins, the happy feeling, helping to replace stress with happiness.

Give your team a chance to bond

In the workplace, if the team knows each other better, they feel more obliged to work hard for each other and can be more willing to help one another. Not only does this improve productivity, but it also encourages people to feel more comfortable around the people they work with. And since you will spend more time with your colleagues than your friends and family, promoting good working relationships at work can never be wrong. 

Promoting fitness within the company creates a positive culture amongst employees and allows them to feel more in touch with other teams and managers. For the hour of exercise, the hierarchy is put aside, allowing the team time to bond, which is a considerable benefit socially and for the business.

Finding the time

Finding time to exercise out of the office is a struggle. With more and more employees travelling further distances to get to work, they cannot make it to the gym by the time they get home. Providing onsite facilities and allowing time for your employees to train before, after, or during their work time will give them confidence that their well-being and health are important to you. 

The time in the gym is often a welcome break for employees and allows an excellent work-life balance. Exercising will boost their energy levels if they struggle with a task, and the time away will let them think about the job with a new mindset. As a boss or company, allowing this time shows an understanding of circumstances and pressure an employee may be experiencing.

Bring fitness to them, and show you care

There is no clearer way to show you are invested in employee fitness than by providing an onsite fitness centre. By encouraging a fitness regime at work, you are ensuring that your team is happy and healthy, and it is a clear sign of you showing commitment to their well-being. Many companies will subsidise gym memberships which will often be neglected or forgotten about. An onsite fitness centre is easily accessible and provides no inconvenience. By bringing fitness to the employees, you can promote health and well-being within your company.

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Summary - Why promote Employee Fitness