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The Many Benefits of Corporate Fitness Training

Health is the product of a balance between many complex internal and external stresses. Ideal health equates to a balance across physical, social, cognitive and emotional well-being.

This sounds all good and well, but how do we achieve this, and what are the benefits from a business and corporate perspective? Corporate health and fitness training is the best way to improve both the well-being and productivity of your workers. There are a mass of benefits to individuals, workplaces and Australia as a whole, Including:


Improved Health and Well-being

Improved Workplace Productivity

Improved Workplace Congruence

Improved Economic Outcomes

Individual Benefits

Improved Health and Well-being

Corporate fitness training first and foremost can help to improve your physical health and well-being. Your expert trainer(/s) will run you through specifically crafted exercise programs aimed at developing and improving your overall health and fitness. These programs cater to all levels of performance, from first time exercisers right through to weekend warriors and seasoned athletes. During these sessions your trainer will also talk about specific nutritional and behavioural changes that facilitate a healthy lifestyle and improved well-being.

Improving your diet, exercise and lifestyle will benefit your health and well-being significantly, improving your overall mood and mental well-being. A better balanced lifestyle will also decrease your susceptibility to sickness and poor health habits. Regular exercise has been shown to improve immune health, resulting in decreased sick leave and decreased severity of illness.

Improved Efficiency and Productivity

Decreased sickness results in decreased sick leave, meaning you are able to spend more time at work powering through what you’ve got to get done. Spending some time each day exercising not only improves your health and well-being, but improves your mood and upon return to work leaves you feeling focused and highly productive.

The World health Organisation has shown that an unhealthy worker takes an average 18 days sick leave a year, where a healthy worker takes on average only 2. Not only this, but healthy workers are more productive at work and complete, on average, 143 effective full time hours each month, compared to 49 for unhealthy workers. This demonstrates how optimum health is useful not only to workers, but to their employers and the Australian workplace as a whole.

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Corporate Benefits:

happy-workersImproved Workplace Congruence

Corporate fitness training gathers a group of colleagues and co-workers together for a fun and challenging work-out, improving their socialisation, interaction and social cognition. Team building activities are also utilised in these sessions, which helps to build team congruence and develop better relationships between staff. This can also create a positive environment for staff, and improve the mood and well-being of workers while at work, as well as when they return home.

Improved Economic Outcomes

Corporate fitness training is cost effective from a company and economic point of view. The cost of 2 weekly sessions very quickly balances out as the absentee costs slowly decline. Furthermore, the improved focus and productivity that improve health and well-being offers will help improve overall workplace output and cost efficiency, further balancing out the costs of implementing corporate fitness training.

The Australian Safety and Compensation Council estimated that in 2005-06 the direct and indirect cost of work-related injury and illness to workers, their employers and the community to be $57.5 billion (5.9% of GDP). The cost to employers was estimated to be around 18% ($10.2 billion).

Furthermore, the Future@Work (2006) report estimated the effect on the Australian economy from lost productivity due to ill health was $34.8 billion per annum or 4.2% of GDP. Presenteeism is ‘the loss of productivity that occurs when employees come to work, but aren’t fully-functioning because of an illness or injury’. In 2005-06, the cost of presenteeism to the Australian economy was estimated to be $25.7 billion, nearly four times the estimated cost of absenteeism ($7 billion annually). Stress-related presenteeism and absenteeism are estimated to cost the Australian economy $14.8 billion per year with direct costs to employers totally $10.11 billion annually.

Evidence based research has shown the benefit, and importance, of corporate fitness training. To really understand these, however, you’ll need experience it for yourself. Click below to find out more about signing up your workplace for corporate fitness training!

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Written by Johann Ruys and Neil Russell



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