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Exercising at Work

Does the Company You Work For Encourage Exercise?

A close friend of mine was raving last night about her new job. Not about the fun people she works with, or the exciting work she's accomplishing. Oh no. She was going crazy for all the ways her company encourages its workers to be healthy. Get this — they have a gym in her office building complete with treadmills, ellipticals, free weights, and a flat-screen TV to watch the news. And there is also a room next door called the Zen Den, where the company brings in fitness instructors for yoga and Pilates. There are even showers there, so people can clean up after getting all sweaty. I'm totally jealous! What about your company? Does it encourage you to work out regularly by offering space in your building, free gym memberships, or flexible hours so you can leave work to exercise?

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sourcherries sourcherries 7 years
I wish. I hope more companies look into this as a preventative measure, though.
Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 7 years
Not really but there is an exercise room with 3 treadmills, an elliptical, a bike and some weights so people can use it when they have some time... which is just what I do! :)
smarler smarler 7 years
I teach at a school, and one of my colleagues started a wellness program a few years ago. While the gym on campus is for both faculty AND students, most of us are leery about exercising with our students. The administration has been great about supporting the different initiatives to promote whole body health at work - better eating plans, seminars, smoking cessation programs. In fact, I just got home from our wellness banquet, where I won a heart rate monitor watch and resistance bands!
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I work for a hospital and we have an awesome gym available to hospital employees. We have to pay $17 a month for it, but it's SO worth it! We have ellipticals, treadmills, bikes, weight machines, free weights, and they have free personal trainers on staff for us to meet with. Plus, we have an outdoor walking trail that we can use and a VERY awesome cafeteria that has a lot of very healthy options. I really can't complain!
Hill82879 Hill82879 7 years
I'm glad my company doesn't spend money on stuff like this. I much prefer that they pay me more, and that allows me to make my own decisions.
GirlOverboard GirlOverboard 7 years
We have a small gym on the first floor of our building and it's only $10 a month auto-deducted from our paychecks (optional) for access to it. There isn't a whole lot to it (4 ellipticals, three treadmills, a stair climber, bike and a bunch of weight stations) but it's definitely better than nothing. We also have a bunch of partnerships with companies that are good for your health, like Full Circle Farms - they periodically drop a box of produce off for you at the office and at a discount. We also get a discount at Rain Fitness up the street - more expensive than our modest little gym, but it has way more to offer, including classes!
Renee3327 Renee3327 7 years
We have gorgeous locker rooms at our company and they also have different weekly fitness classes (yoga, kickboxing, a boot camp class that kicked my butt the other day!). We get discounts at area gyms and they also host different speakers and workshops on eating healthy. As a result of all of this, our health insurance premiums haven't gone up for the last two years.
fizzymartini fizzymartini 7 years
Ohh! Where does your friend work?? I wish we had this kind of facility. My company went a bit insane last year and randomly rented some gym equipment which they put in the corridors for a "trial period" - needless to say no-one was going to use them like that as we have an open plan office! Even the "discounted" gym membership isn't a discount at all. The only fitness-related perk I have is that I work near a large park!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
Uh no. It encourages us to be good little computer monkeys. I mean, I suppose the hours are flexible, but that's only because the job requires little to no supervision or brainpower. That said, I use the flexibility to exercise so I guess I just encourage myself.
imLissy imLissy 7 years
my company has the same thing. There's also trails next to the building. I'm lame and prefer to workout at home though. I might start using the gym now that I'm moving a little farther away.
lydialee_home lydialee_home 7 years
Yeap - we have a gym and shower facility in the building. And we also have yoga, core training class. Also, some of my coworkers plan for weekly lunch ride / run to a trail close to our company. However, I did not use any of those facility as my workout is normally in the morning before work. It's hard to workout in the morning and then lunch again.
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