Employer-sponsored health programs can also improve mental health.
When it comes to the health and wellness of our employees, it is no secret that incorporating daily exercise and fitness routines into your corporate wellness plan can mean significant results for both your employee’s health and your company’s health care costs. For instance, employees who exercise regularly have not only been shown to increase their productivity and attention in the work place, but daily fitness also lowers your employee’s average sick days per year and promotes lower health costs for everyone involved.
However, as important as exercise and fitness can be to the health and wellness of our body, it is not the only area that is significantly impacted by daily exercise and fitness in the work place. While corporate wellness programs, such as Walkingspree, can improve initiatives around certain measures such as blood pressure, Body Mass Index (BMI), cholesterol and glucose, these wellness programs are also helping to promote mental health and emotional wellness at the same time.
While mental health cannot be as easily measured as your blood pressure levels or your cholesterol, it is just as significant?if not more so?to work place productivity, especially when you consider the many costs that are associated with poor mental and emotional health. For example, research shows that people with symptoms of depression have a greater increase in time lost from work, and also have higher rates of productivity loss, absenteeism and job abandonment.
Luckily, there is a growing body of work that shows that one of the best ways to combat poor mental and emotional health is through daily exercise programs, such as the ones offered by Walkingspree. In fact, researchers at Duke University studied people suffering from depression for four months and found that 60% of the participants who exercised for just 30 minutes three times a week overcame their depression without using any antidepressant medication.
However, you do not have to be suffering from depression or a clinical mental illness to get substantial mental health benefits from exercise and fitness. Another study found that short workouts of eight minutes in length could help to lower sadness, tension and anger, along with improving resistance to disease in healthy people. Exercising also helps to boost employee’s confidence, along with reducing anxiety and stress, all of which contribute to psychological health and well-being.
One of the reasons why exercise and fitness can have such a large impact on the mental health of your employees is because of overwhelming feelings of well-being that are generated during and after exercise, thanks to the body’s natural release of endorphins. These “feel good” chemicals are released by our brain during exercise and lead to an increase in energy and to better sleeping patterns.
If you are looking to learn more about how Walkingspree’s employer-sponsored health programs can benefit both the mind and the body of your employees, while also saving your company plenty in health care costs at the same time, be sure to contact us today to hear about what we can do for your business. After all, happy, healthy employees means happy, satisfied customers.