There are some pretty shocking stats out there that could be used to spark more participation in employer wellness programs. 

Example: Going for a 30-minute run could improve your productivity levels by 17%, found a study at Leeds Metropolitan University.

That’s just a half-hour sacrifice to get a return of an hour’s worth of work.

Spark participation

Want more juicy tidbits to get workers off their butts?

Share some of these findings compiled from studies by Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, the University of Georgia and University of Maryland, and fitness experts:

  • Cycling boosts your creative output. Hold off on solving that tough problem and go for a ride. After a spinning or biking session your brain is more inclined to come up with creative solutions to problems.
  • Low-impact aerobics will reduce fatigue. Getting up and active actually boosts your energy by as much as 20%. This is as easy as taking a walk or going for a few laps in the pool, and it’s healthier than downing another cup of coffee.
  • Weight training helps you keep stress levels down. Feel like screaming some days? Lifting weights or hitting the punching bag will take out that tension, and it helps your brain better cope with anxiety and stress.
  • Yoga improves core strength, posture and self-esteem. Sitting at your desk all day is a known posture killer. While nailing each yoga pose may be difficult at first, in the end you come out standing – and feeling – taller.

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