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Are you fit for business?

Last year 172 million working days were lost due to employee absence. This costs UK employers £13 billion. However, those individuals who keep active take 27% fewer days off sick.

It is estimated that adults spend up to 60% of our waking hours at work, therefore work is a key place to induce change to habits and routines. Improving health and increasing physical activity levels is mutually beneficial for both employees and employers.

Employees enjoy the benefits of reduced risk of weight gain, reduced risk of high blood pressure, improved sleep patterns and reduced tiredness, less illness, higher morale, positive impact on stress and mental wellbeing, more positive mood, improved self-esteem and better concentration and mental alertness.

They also enjoy a better work-life balance, more job satisfaction and an overall improved quality of life.

Employers will see the benefits through a happier and more motivated team, less absenteeism, increased productivity, a better all-round working atmosphere

If a business can create a healthy workplace through providing an environment that is conducive and supportive of a healthy lifestyle then this will have a positive effect on their employees, performance and corporate image.

To find out more about the benefits of physical activity in you workplace, please visit: http://www.bhf.org.uk/HealthAtWork/getting-active-at-work.aspx

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