Employee productivity drops 28% when employees stay home sick and a full 72% when they try to keep working. Regular physical activity can stave off colds through a boosted immune system. It can also prevent high blood pressure or reduce the negative health effects in those with high blood pressure. Other lifestyle diseases like noninsulin-dependent diabetes and heart disease can also be reduced with regular physical exercise. These claims aren’t cutting edge news, but we are still learning all of the benefits of reducing these ailments to prolonged quality of life as we age. The challenge remains to bring daily fitness into our lives.
The workplace may be part of the solution. People who exercise during the workday are more productive and less stressed out, which leads to fewer absences and healthcare costs. In addition to health effects, immediate improvements in satisfaction and loyalty can be seen.
Pilates is a great exercise to build into your employee’s work day because it is:
1) A total body workout,
2) Numerous modifications for all fitness levels,
3) Paced so you’re unlikely to work up a sweat like you might running a mile, and
4) Only requires a mat and some floor space.
There are hundreds of versions of Pilates exercises and results can be achieved with varying workout lengths from 20-90 minutes. This offers employers maximum flexibility in designing a workplace wellness program that fits everyone’s needs. Increasing employee productivity and health are such great benefits from such a small amount of time each day.
Want to learn more about employee wellness programs? Check-out: Healthy Employees, Healthy Business: Easy, Affordable Ways to Promote Workplace Wellness