Whats Corporate Fitness and how can it help you?

Back in 2015 we launched our corporate programme after the success we were seeing with people form local business. Not that you need take our word for it.

We speak with employers and offer a wide range of services from 1-1 health management programmes to large health and well being seminars. Our team is used to working with individuals or teams who need help. We understand the stresses of the workplace and have coping strategies for ever eventuality including travelling abroad and shall we say ‘corporate hospitality days’.

Are team has designed programmes for hundreds of business men and women looking to improve health and reduce stress.

The research, published in the International Journal of Workplace Health Management stated that people who exercise on work days are more productive, happier and suffer less stress than on non-gym days, scientists revealed.

University of Bristol researchers found that employees who enjoyed a workout before going to work – or exercised during lunchbreaks – were better equipped to handle whatever the day threw at them.

It also found that people’s general mood improved on days of exercise but they became less calm on non-exercise days.

  • 72% reported improvements in time management on exercise days compared to non-exercise days.
  • 79% said mental and interpersonal performance was better on days they exercised.
  • 74% said they managed their workload better.
  • The questionnaire scores were 27% higher on exercise days in categories such as dealing calmly with stress and 41% higher for feeling motivated to work.
  • Those who exercised were also 21% higher for concentration on work, 25% for working without unscheduled breaks and 22% higher for finishing work on time.
  • Feedback from focus groups found that people who built exercise into their workday were re-energised, calmer and more able to solve problems.

As a small business we understand the importance of keeping a fit and healthy team did you know…

  • In 2015/16, 30.4 million working days were lost due to self-reported work-related illness or injury:
    • 9 million days due to work-related illness; and
    • 5 million days due to workplace injury.
  • On average, each person suffering took around 16 days off work, 20 days for ill health cases and 7.2 for injuries.
  • Stress, depression or anxiety and musculoskeletal disorders accounted for the majority of days lost due to work-related ill health, 11.7 and 8.8 million days respectively.
  • The average days lost per case for stress, depression or anxiety (24 days) was higher than for musculoskeletal disorders (16 days).
  • The total number of cases of work related stress, depression or anxiety in 2015/16 was 488,000 cases, a prevalence rate of 1510 per 100,000 workers.
  • The number of new cases was 224,000, an incidence rate of 690 per 100,000 workers. The estimated number and rate have remained broadly flat for more than a decade.
  • The total number of working days lost due to this condition in 2015/16 was 11.7 million days. This equated to an average of 23.9 days lost per case. Working days lost per worker showed a generally downward trend up to around 2009/10; since then the rate has been broadly flat.
  • In 2015/16 stress accounted for 37% of all work related ill health cases and 45% of all working days lost due to ill health.
  • Stress is more prevalent in public service industries, such as education; health and social care; and public administration and defence.
  • By occupation, jobs that are common across public service industries (such as healthcare workers; teaching professionals; business, media and public service professionals) show higher levels of stress as compared to all jobs.
  • The main work factors cited by respondents as causing work related stress, depression or anxiety (LFS) were workload pressures, including tight deadlines and too much responsibility and a lack of managerial support

 

One in four British adults is obese, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, prompting fears that the UK has become the “fat man of Europe”.

The UK has the highest level of obesity in Western Europe, ahead of countries such as France, Germany, Spain and Sweden, the 2013 report says.

Obesity levels in the UK have more than trebled in the last 30 years and, on current estimates, more than half the population could be obese by 2050.

Europe’s obesity league:

UK: 24.9%

Ireland: 24.5%

Spain: 24.1%

Portugal: 21.6%

Germany: 21.3%

Belgium: 19.1%

Austria: 18.3%

Italy: 17.2%

Sweden: 16.6%

France: 15.6%

 

In 2012, only 67% of men and 55% of women aged 16 and over met the government’s recommendations for physical activity of 150 minutes a week. Among children aged five to 15, more boys (21%) than girls (16%) met the recommendation to do an hour of activity every day.

Longer working hours and more desk-bound jobs over the past decades have resulted in limiting opportunities for other forms of activity during the working day.