In an effort to lower the cost of healthcare and encourage employees to lead a healthier lifestyle, many companies are providing incentives for workers to hit the gym through the implementation of corporate wellness programs.
According to The New York Times, a recent survey from consulting firm Aon Hewitt found that nearly 80 percent of companies in the United States are using incentives to convince their employees to exercise and improve their health.
“Employers are feeling the need to intensify their efforts to create an environment where people feel they are responsible for their own health,” Jim Winkler, chief innovation officer for health care at Aon Hewitt, told the source.
According to a report from Harvard University, wellness programs are likely gaining popularity as a result of the soaring cost of healthcare in recent years.
“This enthusiasm for workplace programs stems in part from the fact that more than 60 percent of Americans get their health insurance coverage through an employer-based plan,” the researchers said in the report.
Health clubs, in turn, can take advantage of this trend by giving corporate participants access to quality cardio fitness equipment that will further entice them to exercise on a regular basis.
For example, newcomers to the gym via corporate wellness programs will appreciate the TRUE Fitness CS550 Treadmill, which comes equipped with a LCD console that contains a headphone jack, built-in TV and the ability to create custom workouts.
The ES900 also has superior durability, which means it will stand up to the scores of new gym-goers exercising at the encouragement of their employers. Its steel frame also comes with a lifetime warranty.
Despite the obvious financial benefits that corporate fitness programs have for the corporations, that’s not the only result that they’re seeing.
According to ClubIndustry.com, a recent study from the Principal Financial Well-Being Index revealed that 59 percent of employees who participate in corporate wellness programs report having more energy to be productive at work.
In addition, the prevention of chronic illness is also helping employers save money. Despite the costs that come with offering a corporate wellness program, employers will save money in the long run because healthy, active employees are less likely to use their health insurance for expensive medications and procedures.
“Physical inactivity is a primary risk factor for some of our nation’s most chronic and costly health conditions,” Megan Mansfield, vice president of business development at Corporate Fitness Works, told ClubIndustry.com. “By showing a change in habits from inactive to regularly active, we identify that we’ve eliminated a risk factor.”