Daily exercise improves your company’s bottom line and your employee’s health.
It is no secret that daily exercise and fitness can have an overwhelming effect on the health and wellness of our employees. With more and more reports being published each day about the effects that obesity and a poor diet can have on employee productivity, health and day-to-day functions, it seems that now, more than ever, adding fitness into our daily work routine can do more for our businesses than we originally thought.
For years, many reports have shown that including as little as 15 minutes of exercise into your employee’s daily routine can do wonders in the fight against illness, heart disease and their overall health and body functions. However, many researchers are just now beginning to discover that exercising regularly may do so much more than that. Even short daily fitness routines, as simple as stretching regularly and taking walks in your local park, can make a vast difference in your overall health.
Here are just a few ways in which daily exercise can help to improve the health and productivity of your employees, as well as increase your company’s bottom line:
Obviously one of the biggest benefits of regular exercise is improved health and fitness. Not only does exercise help build and maintain things such as healthy bones, joints, and muscles, but it also reduces the risk of illness and disease for certain body types. Plus, the best part is, it’s not just intense, vigorous workouts that give you the best health kick, but any exercise that gets your heart moving for as little as 15 minutes.
Daily physical activity is also one of the most effective ways of decreasing the risk of heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States. This is because many forms of exercise help to strengthen heart muscles, improve blood flow, increase your hearts working capacity, and lower blood pressure. Getting daily exercise also helps protect against the risk of stroke, diabetes, and colon cancer.
Also, when combined with proper nutrition, daily physical activity can help to control weight and prevent obesity, another leading risk factor for many diseases.
Regular physical activity can also improve the way your employee’s feel about themselves and their work surroundings. Similar to the effects of anti-depressants, exercising releases neurotransmitters and endorphins into your brain. These are your body’s natural “feel good chemicals” that help to improve your mood and reduce stress and anxiety. Even a quick 15-minute physical activity can help snap you out of a bad day funk. The effects of a good work out can last hours after you’ve stopped exercising, providing you with lasting energy throughout the day.
In addition to the obvious improvements that fitness and outdoor activity can have on the body, daily exercise can also keep the brain in proper form. Regular aerobic exercise, even as little as 30 minutes a day for three days a week, can have positive effects on brain functions.
A study conducted by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, Ohio State University, Rice University and the University of Illinois, showed that, over the course of a year, daily aerobic exercise in adults aged 55 to 80 increased the size of the hippocampus?the part of the brain that is related to navigation and essential to memory.
Exercising is also a great way to relieve your mind from stress and anxiety, renewing you both physically and mentally.