We all know how important getting daily exercise is to our body and mind. But statistics gathered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services show that only one in three adults achieve the recommended amount of physical activity each week, and more than 80% of adults do not meet the guidelines for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities.
This is especially true with the busy schedule of today’s employees. “I don’t have time” is the go-to excuse for skipping the gym. Work, family, and social commitments make it difficult to incorporate a regular workout routine. And I’ll admit, finding time to exercise can be difficult. One of the ways we help our employees at TotalWellness find more time for exercise is by allowing employees to exercise “on the clock” for 30 minutes each day.
Exercise in the office isn’t an extraordinary new idea. But regular physical activity has such positive impacts for both employees and employers – I think it’s worth revisiting all the benefits.
At TotalWellness, exercise before, during and after working hours is encouraged. While our gym is modest compared to some companies, it’s well used. We also offer group exercise classes two days a week. And our employees love it.
“I really enjoy that TotalWellness has a place to work out during the hectic workday. Often times we get busy with our workday schedules as well as our busy home schedules and we tend to find an excuse not to exercise. Having an onsite fitness center eliminates any excuse not to exercise. Even if it is for 15 minutes I feel mentally and physically refreshed after exercising, and I feel ready to take on the next part of my day,” said National Account Executive Kenton Hicks.