Boost your bottom line with corporate health and fitness
Busy schedules, tight deadlines, long hours sitting at the computer can take a toll on the health of the corporate individual.
At the YWCA Health + Fitness Centre we focus on corporate clients and provide services, classes and programs that support their health and fitness goals. The 125 companies and associations that make up our corporate roster recognize the value of fitness and the many benefits achieved from a consistent exercise program. They often provide an incentive for their employees to engage in regular physical activity and incorporate it into their employee wellness programs.
One such company is Leith Wheeler, an investment firm that believes in work-life balance for its employees and encourages them to take a break during the day to work out. Corporate rep Karey Irwin says:
“It’s important for employees to feel empowered to take time for themselves. The firm benefits as well, since it results in happier, healthier employees over the long run.”
The “corporate lifestyle” should include a daily workout. Cardio workouts and yoga can both reduce stress. Weight training and Pilates help ensure strong and balanced muscles. Stretching daily improves posture and keeps muscles and connective tissue at an optimal range of motion.
Karey has experienced the benefits first hand. She works out daily, including once a week with a personal trainer.
“I love going to the YWCA at lunch—it gives me a mental break from what’s happening at the office and gives me more energy for the afternoon. It’s also great knowing that you have done your workout already when it is time to leave the office at the end of the day!”
Happy, productive, fit employees can find their balance here at YWCA Health + Fitness Centre. Start today and let our YWCA Health + Fitness team help your company develop your corporate wellness program!
Every Step Counts
Take a step in the right direction. Adding physical activity to the corporate environment benefits both employee and company.
Live longer. Live healthier
Physical activity is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Regular physical activity can help to reduce the risk of premature death and chronic diseases, like heart disease, stroke, hypertension, colon cancer, breast cancer, type 2 diabetes and osteoporosis.
Regular physical activity can improve employee well-being by enhancing fitness levels and self-esteem, reducing the effects of stress, increasing energy and contributing to positive mental health.
Boost your bottom line
These are just two of the many Canadian companies that have seen a return on investment from their employee wellness program.
BC Hydro employees enrolled in a work-sponsored fitness program had a turnover rate of just 3.5% compared with a company average of 10.3%.
Canada Life Insurance reported a $6.85 return on each corporate dollar invested as a result of reduced turnover (32.4% lower), productivity gains and decreased medical claims.
Sources: Public Health Canada Agency, January 2011, and Natural Healthcare Canada: Benefits of a Wellness Program.