1 In 5 People Not Fit For Work

There’s a high correlation between regular exercise and being focused at work.

With data for nearly 9,000 participants, WorkScore can reveal that those people who exercise the most have the highest scores around their general wellbeing and their performance at work.

While it’s well-known that exercising and staying fit is good for general wellbeing, we’re taking a look at how it impacts performance at work.

People who exercise the least, or not at all, rate themselves as negative, having low concentration at work, do not take regular breaks and rate themselves as highly stressed.

Conversely, people who exercise three days or more per week rate higher for concentration, have lower stress levels, take regular breaks at work and find it easier to switch off from work. This demonstrates a clear link between exercising and performance at work, reinforcing the need for employers to focus on employee wellbeing at work, which includes providing them with more opportunities to exercise.

Another interesting finding from our data is the difference in commitment to exercise between men and women. While 23% of women say they don’t exercise at all, this applies to only 16% of men. And 12% of men exercise six days or more, but only 5% of women say the same thing.

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Employers should consider how to better meet the needs of women in their workforce. Perhaps there are different fitness options that could be provided specifically to suit the needs of women to increase participation. While we’re interested in how fitness impacts performance at work, there are many positive benefits to high levels of fitness.

New research published in the Journal of Physiology shows that more exercise means a younger heart, whilst a study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry links regular exercise with a reduced risk of depression.

It’s time we all got moving, for life.