4 Reasons to Invest in Employee Fitness

In our popular podcast clip: “You Can Get Fit Anywhere,” we discussed how it’s not the gym that makes you fit, it’s doing the work wherever and whenever you can. Americans are busy, on average are spending 8 hours and 46 minutes at work and doing work related activities (1). With family, social activities, eating and sleeping, it’s understandable why people feel they don’t have time for wellness and taking care of their own health. Thankfully, programs for wellness in the workplace have been growing rapidly and are a viable solution. Here are four (with a bonus fifth) reasons to invest in employee fitness:

1. Healthy Employees Stay with Your Company (40% More!)

Research from Towers Watson and the National Business Group on Health showed that organizations with a highly effective wellness program lowered voluntary attrition on average from 15% to 9% (2).

2. Health Care Cost Savings of 6 Times Investment

In a six month study completed with a random sample of 185 employees, 57% of high risk employees were converted to low risk, claim costs were reduced by $1,421 per person, and the control group showed no improvements. For every dollar invested in the program, $6 were saved on health care (2).

3. Develop a Company Culture of Health and Wellness

By establishing a company culture of investing in health, individual wellness improves throughout the company, slashing costly absenteeism and productivity loss (3).

4. Personal Training Gets Results

Working with a Personal Trainer has been shown to yield better results, provide more appropriate workouts, and improve client mindset towards fitness training (4, 5, 6).

5. Bonus! 32% Better Stock Performance than the S&P 500

The top 45 performers on the HERO health and wellness scorecard grew their stock prices 235% on average, compared to 159% for the S&P 500 from 2009 to 2014 (7).

 

At Golden Home Fitness, we exist to empower people to live longer, fuller lives no matter their age, and have programs to help you, your company, and your employees live well and move better. To discuss how we can help you specifically, call 844-704-9477 or email info@goldenhomefitness.com to take the first step to helping your company grow stronger!

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Additional Resources Referenced:

  1. “How Americans Spend Their Time.” U.S. Department of Labor https://blog.dol.gov/2016/06/24/how-americans-spend-their-time
  2. Berry et. al – “What’s the Hard Return on Employee Wellness Programs?” https://www.researchgate.net/publication/49712304_What’s_the_Hard_Return_on_Employee_Wellness_Programs
  3. De La Torre and Goetzel – “How to Design a Corporate Wellness Plan That Actually Works” https://hbr.org/2016/03/how-to-design-a-corporate-wellness-plan-that-actually-works
  4. Storer et al. – “Effect of supervised, periodized exercise training vs. self-directed training on lean body mass and other fitness variables in health club members.” – Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research: July 2014 – Volume 28 – Issue 7 – p 1995–2006 https://www.researchgate.net/publication/258922751_Effect_of_Supervised_Periodized_Exercise_Training_vs_Self-Directed_Training_on_Lean_Body_Mass_and_Other_Fitness_Variables_in_Health_Club_Members
  5. McClaran – “The Effectiveness Of Personal Training On Changing Attitudes Towards Physical Activity” – Journal of Sports Science and Medicine (2003) 2, 10-14 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3937569/
  6. Dias et al. – “Influence Of A Personal Trainer On Self-selected Loading During Resistance Exercise” – J Strength Cond Res. 2017 Jul;31(7):1925-1930. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/27676273/
  7. Miller – “Workplace Wellness Linked with Superior Corporate Performance” https://www.shrm.org/resourcesandtools/hr-topics/benefits/pages/wellness-corporate-performance.aspx

 

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