COMMENT: Having a gym in the workplace is certainly food for thought…

An artist’s impression of some milk

It’s Thursday night and the time is almost 11pm. I’ve just arrived home from the gym.

I don’t really know why I exercise at this time of night. I probably won’t sleep for hours, and when my eyelids finally start to surrender I will be jolted back to life by the milkman’s bottles clinking on the front door step.

That’s actually a lie, we don’t have a milkman. Or a milkwoman. Or a step.

Come to think of it, do milkmen or women even exist anymore?

Anyway, I digress.

What I have discovered is that exercise is great for the mind. That rush of energy and surge of endorphins work wonders for the soul.

It is also a great catalyst for ideas.

I have found recently that exercising promotes thinking, and often those thoughts develop into action plans.

I could be trundling along on the treadmill and suddenly an idea would reach out from the fuzzy static of my mind. Maybe something for a blog, some creative writing, perhaps an interview.

And with those endorphins seducing my brain, I am confident that all of my ideas are pretty awesome!

I literally stroll out of the gym feeling like the man who created Pokémon Go. Well, almost.


It got me thinking (which is dangerous). A workplace with an in-house gym would be a great asset.

There are plenty of arguments for companies to adopt a more healthy approach, including the idea of having a corporate office gym.

The working day can be quite sedentary for many people. Sitting in front of a computer screen for several hours, with the only exercise being the walk to the kitchen to eat a sandwich or raid the vending machine.

An office gym could help improve the health and well-being of employees, and boost productivity within the company.

There are plenty of websites and listicles that subscribe to the idea that a gym would be beneficial in the workplace.

Some of the pros offered up include:

  • Improve the overall health of employees
  • Reduce stress
  • Help motivate staff
  • Improve team building
  • Lower absenteeism
  • Increase productivity
  • Enhance a company’s image

The idea of exercise during work won’t appeal to everyone. The prospect of lifting, squatting, pushing and pulling might seem like a load of old nonsense.

There is also the argument that staff wouldn’t have time to fit in a training session and shower to their already busy schedule.

But others may grok the concept that a gym could be an asset to a company.

It’s certainly food for thought…


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