The benefit of regular exercise has long been understood. Those who can carve as little as 10 minutes out of their day for any form of exercise tend to sleep better, have a healthier resting heart rate, enjoy lowered blood pressure and cholesterol, and are less likely to develop heart disease or diabetes. In recent years, employers have seen the productivity benefit of employees who exercise as well. Clearer thinking, another great benefit of regular exercise, leads to innovative solutions to vexing problems.
How do you motivate an employer who doesn't recognize that the benefits above lead to a better overall quality of life for their employees? Enter rational self-interest. A new study, as reported in Fortune Magazine, explains that even a modicum of attention to exercise lowers the overall healthcare costs for the employer and employee, alike. With the total annual cost of healthcare in the U.S. exceeding $3 trillion dollars, focusing on the easiest and most obvious cost cutter is a no-brainer.
The study, out of the University of Michigan Health Management Research Center, explains that a person's likelihood of developing one of the diseases associated with metabolic syndrome, like heart disease and diabetes, is drastically diminished with as little as 10 to 20 minutes of exercise each day. And the Fortune article states employers need not adopt a fully conceived and implemented wellness program to inspire their employees to be proactive in maintaining and improving their health.
"With a little imagination, employers can come up with low-cost ways to get people moving at work, like putting up signs that remind employees to take the stairs instead of the elevator, or giving out maps of nearby walking routes that fit into a lunch hour," explained Alyssa Schultz, a researcher who worked on the UM study.
A healthy employee is a happy employee is a productive employee. If your company is looking to cut healthcare costs while simultaneously driving up the overall revenue potential, providing any type of fitness opportunity to your employees is the way to go. Contact the fitness professionals at Rally Fitness today to begin improving the lives of your employees and your company's bottom line.
"People tend to think that, if they can’t spare half an hour a day to spend on a treadmill at a gym, then they might as well not bother doing anything,” Schultz concluded. “But any number of minutes that is more than zero makes a noticeable difference." Call Rally Fitness today to plan your on-site employee gym today! (855) 725-5934.