Looking for an easy way to improve morale, reduce stress, and boost your employees’ health?
Adding a gym at work is one way to do it.
One study showed that offering a gym at work actually has positive impacts on employees and employers.
With plenty of research that exercise reduces stress and lowers disease risk, why not consider a gym at work?
Here are 5 reasons to add an onsite work gym:
1. No Excuses
How many times have you promised yourself you’d exercise after work? By the time you get home from working all day, commuting in traffic, and making dinner, it’s pretty clear working out isn’t on the to-do list. Yes, there are some people who enthusiastically workout no matter how long their day has been. But for employees who struggle with fitness, having an onsite gym makes it easier to exercise daily, especially if a coworker acts as a fitness accountability partner as well.
2. Reduces Healthcare Costs
Employees who exercise daily are healthier mentally and physically. From weight loss to stronger bones and joints, exercise improves the human body’s function. Plus, proper nutrition and exercise means less visits to the doc and more successful work days. Some studies report as little as 20 minutes of exercise can reduce the risk of developing serious, chronic issues like diabetes or heart disease. Promoting wellness programs with an onsite gym to back the initiatives up makes it clear to employees that healthy living matters.
3. Social Connections
When a team feels taken care of, they tend to put in more effort at work. Providing an opportunity for colleagues to connect outside of a formal work environment fosters healthy personal and professional relationships. By providing a private gym for employees, companies show proof they want to see workers thrive beyond the workspace.
4. Propels Productivity
A Harvard study showed the benefits of exercise aren’t just physical. While lower blood pressure and a healthy heart are certainly exercise perks, there’s more evidence that it boosts mental abilities like:
- Enhanced creativity
- Quicker learning
- Sharper memory
- Improved concentration
Some research suggests that actually exercising during working hours can also pump up work performance. A Leeds Metropolitan University study found that workers who visited the gym during working hours were more productive, managed their time better, and felt more work satisfaction.
5. Stress Reduction
It’s no secret that stress wreaks havoc on the human body. Stressed out employees often take more mental health days, turn to emotional eating, and skip over important doctors’ visits. Reports show exercise helps improve mental health by providing clarity to better handle stress effectively.
Exercise reduces cortisol levels (the body’s stress hormone) while sweating releases endorphins that help your mind relax. Instead of reaching for the office sweets, an onsite gym can help employees reach new fitness goals.
Encourage Employees to Sweat it Out
Getting your employees involved with exercise in the workplace is a win-win for everyone. Improved mood, weight loss, and lowered medical insurance claims are just a few reasons to consider adding a workplace gym.
It doesn’t take a state-of-the-art gym to get employees moving, either. Even a small space with a weight rack and resistance bands can give employees a great full body workout.
Ask your employees if they’d use an onsite gym. If so, consider adding a gym and equipment as a line item to your 2019 budget for healthier, happier employees.
What does your dream workplace gym look like? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!