The web version of FitnessBuilder is going away on December 31, 2020. Learn more ›
Researchers at Stockholm University and Karolinska Institutet recently published a study showing that individuals who took time out of work to exercise were just as productive if not more productive than those who didn’t exercise during work hours.
“The increased productivity comes, on the one hand, from people getting more done during the hours they are at work, perhaps because of increased stamina and, on the other hand, from less absenteeism owing to sickness,” says one of the lead researchers behind the study.
A similar British study that employees returning to work after lunchtime workouts showed consistently higher work performance, better time management and improved mental sharpness.
It has been well documented that exercising at the workplace if only for a few mins at a time is enough to advert serious health conditions. Now it is also enough to boost productivity and really affect the bottom line.
Studies such as these are showing that workplace exercise programs benefit more than just the workers. They also give companies more efficient employees who work better together. Health care costs can be expected to go down for employees who exercise regularly at work, resulting in fewer sick days, better attendance and more cooperation between co-workers.
Sedentary type occupations where employees may sit in front of a computer for 8 hours a day are obviously most prone but are also the ones who can benefit most.