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

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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.

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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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