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Healthcare, PTO, and… Fitness? Why workouts are a worthy workplace benefit

Is the only reason to go to the gym to get pumped up like Arnold Schwarzenegger à la 1970s or slim down like Kate Hudson? 

Of course not! (This is the blog of an online fitness brand— what did you expect?!)

But we’re not just promoting our brand here—we’re offering a solution that can enhance your professional credibility and worker satisfaction. Providing fitness as a benefit to employees can yield results far beyond what you see on the outside. In this blog post, we’ll explore how adding a fitness benefit can benefit you and your employees. 

Boost efficacy and productivity

While 74% of Americans claim to meet the government-recommended minimum of 2.5 hours per week of aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities, the CDC says the actual figure is only 20%. However, when employees have access to a fitness program:

  • 62% reported a greater feeling of efficacy and productivity
  • 56% took fewer sick days after starting the wellness program
  • They reported fewer emergency room visits, hospital admissions and primary care physician visits when they hit the weekly minimum threshold for movement

The CDC reports that inadequate physical activity levels are associated with $117 billion in annual healthcare costs and contribute to 1 in 10 premature deaths. By making it easy for employees to enhance their fitness, you’re bettering their output in the short term and quality of life in the long term. 

Improve work-life balance

Working out takes planning— especially for employees with families. Offering fitness as a benefit and encouraging flexible scheduling for workouts allows your team members to focus on their health without neglecting family or work. 

Attract new talent

Want to attract up-and-comers to your industry? A study by Robert Half shows that 87% of young professionals aged 18 to 34 say health and wellness offerings impact their decision to accept a job offer. So, if you want to stand out among employers, fitness benefits are a relatively low-cost way to do it. 

Enhance worker satisfaction

Forget a quarterly pizza party or a cheap gift at the end of the year. A fitness package tells employees you care about their long-term health and well-being. When you show employees you’re invested in them as people (instead of just as workers), the result is happier, more productive team members. 

Improve mental wellness

In 2022, 81% of workers told Mental Health America that workplace stress affects their mental health. Working out releases endorphins and dopamine, AKA the happy hormone, leading to improved mental well-being. 

In a remote work culture, you may employ people worldwide or offer flexible office hours. When you include online classes or one-on-one sessions at Enhancewell Fitness as part of your employment package, you can provide the same benefits as an office-based or local gym membership without location-based constraints. 

Contact us to set up a custom office fitness solution for your business. Invest in your employees’ fitness and benefit from increased productivity, positivity, and retention, as well as lower healthcare spending. 

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