Why Corporate America Should Invest in Employee Health and Fitness

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Very rarely have employees across America thought that the activities of work and exercise go hand-in-hand. But these days, that notion is beginning to change and employee health and fitness is starting to become a priority.

As the 21st century continues to unfold in its fast-paced manner, corporations are realizing that the company’s future growth is highly dependent on the health and fitness of its employees.

Every corporation struggles to maintain its niche and relevance in its market, while still caring for and appreciating its employees. But the truth is that overweight and unhealthy employees cost corporations an astronomical amount in sick days, reduced productivity, and health premiums. Corporations need to invest in healthy lifestyle 5 times more money than they are right now in order to get their maximum net profit.

For this reason, many corporations today are more aware of the benefits of having a healthy team and promoting fitness and healthy nutrition within their business practices. A growing trend within companies is to offer its employees incentives or other rewards for attending exercise classes regularly or losing weight within a given time period. Some companies are even offering partial payments for gym memberships or discounts at businesses that sell pre-packaged healthy meals.

The heightened benefits and proof of successful investment include:

  • Healthier, more productive working employees
  • Lower stress levels
  • Lower turnover / higher employee retention rates
  • Fewer sick days
  • Lower insurance premiums
  • Protection of a company’s greatest asset – the employee
  • Higher self-esteem and a greater team-building mentality
  • Increased energy and vitality in the workplace
  • A more optimistic, positive attitude
  • A greater eagerness to succeed and lead, along with the energy to do so
  • Improvement in family life brings improvement into the workplace
  • Greater community synergy, greater company synergy

Examples of the costs of an unhealthy workforce:

  • Annual cost of a “healthy” diabetic: $3,150
  • Average cost of a heart attack: $15,700
  • Average cost of a stroke patient: ~$45,000
  • Corporate wellness statistics depict a savings of $2.30 to $10.10 for every $1 spent on wellness initiatives.

Based on these statistics, we can conclude that the money corporations spend on employees’ unhealthy lifestyle is so high that it can determine the future existence of the company and standing of the employees’ job security. On the other hand, if the company did not have such astronomical health costs, that money could be used for improving the quality of the workplace, more benefits for the employees, and possible higher income.

Not only do corporations have great benefits from aiding their employees in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but employees themselves also have tremendous benefits with a healthier lifestyle:

  • Stronger heart and lungs
  • Increased bone density
  • Reduced stress
  • Weight loss
  • Reduced risk of heart disease and some types of cancer
  • Temporary relief from depression and anxiety
  • More self-confidence
  • Better sleep
  • More energy, stamina and positive attitude
  • Setting a good example for your kids to stay active as they get older

With this being said, corporations and the healthy lifestyle of its employees goes hand-in-hand with the healthier and more productive society of the 21st century. As we all age, physical and mental fitness is sometimes taken for granted and suddenly there is a problem that could have been rectified in a proactive manner instead of a reactive manner. Using the proactive approach of offering health and fitness guidance to employees ensures both monetary profit and emotional gain to the employer, the employee and the family unit when handled with care and respect for the wishes and best interest of both parties.

Encouraging employees to live a healthier lifestyle outside of work is a behavior that will transfer into the workplace and make an excellent environment for all concerned! The corporate benefits in net profit will mirror the benefits to the employees in “health profit.” With a healthy lifestyle – meaning physical fitness, a healthy diet and spiritual balance – we can manage, control or completely avoid 60-70% of known illnesses.

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Before Samir Becic became an internationally recognized fitness expert, earning a spot in Men’s Journal’s “Top 100 Fitness Trainers in America” list, he began his life-long dedication to health and fitness in Europe as a distinguished Martial Arts expert. It was in the structured and flowing training of Martial Arts that provided the background for the ReSync Method. After relocating to the US with a dream, determination, and talent, he soon began his career as a Personal Trainer, developing new training techniques for his clients. While he was Fitness Director for Ballys, the largest fitness facility in the US, Samir earned countless awards and recognition for his training techniques and passion for fitness: “#1 Fitness Trainer in the World,” - 4 times “#1 Fitness Trainer in Texas,” - 22 times “#1 Fitness Trainer in Houston” - 29 times “Best of the Best Fitness Trainer,” - 2 times “Best Fitness Director,” - 2 times Samir is one of the most sought after trainers in the country and is known industry-wide as a powerful motivator and pioneer. His alternative training techniques have earned him a number of industry accolades and awards. Samir regularly speaks at corporate and non-profit events and has also been featured in countless publications and has appeared on many national and local television shows: -Deborah Duncan’s “Great Day Houston” -89.3 KSBJ Radio Station (weekly appearances) -Health and Fitness Sports Magazine (contributing writer) -More Magazine (contributing writer) -Men's Journal (National) -NBC’s Channel 2, “Behind the Headlines” -WB39 News -Fox 26 “Tips for Houston” -Radio 96.5, “The Roula and Ryan Show” -Sunny 99.1 with Dana Tyson -104.1 with Sam Malone His personal training clients include many high profile Texans, including NBA Legend Rudy Tomjanovich, TV Host Deborah Duncan, Lakewood's Victoria Osteen, TV Anchor Dominique Sachse, TV Host Kim Davis, TV Reporter Miya Shay, Radio DJ Sam Malone, Radio DJ Roula Christie, Radio DJ Dana Tyson, Radio DJ Coppelia Rivera, and Radio DJ Joey Kovacik, among others. Samir also acted as fitness consultant for Mayor Lee Brown’s fight against obesity in Houston with the Fitness Task Force Kick-Off program in 2002. Samir is the current leader of Mega-Church Lakewood's Health and Fitness Challenge. Founder of Health Fitness Revolution non-profit 501 (c)(3) and Health Fitness Revolution Magazine.

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