Ten Reasons to Encourage Fitness in the Workplace

by Spectrum Wellness

When we think about the workplace, fitness is not necessarily the first thing that comes to mind but encouraging fitness in the workplace can actually be extremely beneficial for employers. Here, we outline 10 reasons to invest in a physically healthy workplace.

Reduces Absenteeism

Many studies have shown that regular exercise can help reduce the risk of developing certain types of illness and disease. This means fewer sick days at work. Encouraging exercise among your staff could not only lead to a fall in the number of short-term absences, it could also have an effect on long-term absenteeism too.

Improves Productivity

One of the many benefits of regular exercise is increased and sustained energy throughout the day. This energy allows employees to stay more focused and alert, bringing the best of themselves to each task.

Contributes to a Positive Mental Attitude

When people exercise, the chemical changes in their body create a better mood so fit employees generally “feel good”. People who are in a good mood make excellent employees because they are more balanced mentally.

Reduces Stress

Employees that exercise regularly tend to have lower overall stress levels than an employee who does not engage in regular exercise. Employees who aren’t stressed are more focused, positive and happy. Their clear minds allow them to focus on work, which means they contribute to a much higher level of productivity.

Creates Confidence

Employees who are fit and healthy tend to have a high level of self-confidence because they have proven to themselves that they can accomplish what it takes to obtain a level of physical fitness. This self-confidence empowers the employee to challenge themselves and strive for higher levels of achievement.

Inspires Confidence

Fit employees tend to inspire confidence in others. The fit employee’s discipline to follow an exercise program gives other employees the sense that they’ll always have someone to provide solutions to problems. Fit employees are also more likely to speak up when something isn’t right. If there are problems with other employees, a system or equipment, they’re not too timid to confront their supervisors.

Reduces Staff Turnover

By encouraging fitness in the workplace it shows that employers care. Studies have shown that employee turnover is significantly lower in work settings where employers show genuine concern for employees.

Encourages Goal Achievement

A good fitness regime often demands commitment and goal setting. Learning to stay true to your goals and see them through to completion is a skill that is naturally carried into the workplace.

Creates Good Leaders

Since they’re disciplined by nature, fit employees tend to do well at leading others. Their confidence is high, and they tend to use that to help direct others. They’re usually the first ones to jump in with a solution to a problem.

Promotes Teamwork

Team activities like football or tennis are a great way to encourage fitness and promote teamwork in the workplace. When employees learn to work as a team outside of work, they’ll have an easier time working together as a team during business hours.