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Should companies allow employees to exercise on work time?

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jennifer carreon

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Should companies allow employees to exercise on work time?
Exercise Increases Productivity
Physical exercise stimulates the development of new mitochondria within your cells, meaning that your body will be able to produce more ATP over time. That gives you more energy to exert yourself physically, but it also means more energy for your brain,boosting your mental output.
Employers should allow exercise during work hours, because it would benefit them not only physically but mentally as well.Employers should have a small gym or offer physical activities before,during, and after work.They should require employees to walk more often and not spend a lot of time sitting down. If all employers offered this is would gradually increase the productivity of the employees. Exercising benefits both the employee and the employer.
Reasons why exercising is important
The top three killers in the United States are heart disease, cancer and chronic lower respiratory diseases like emphysema.
Most of these Diseases can be prevented with exercise.

A lack of physical activity, or people’s failure to spend 150 minutes a week doing moderate physical activity (ex, brisk walking for 30 minutes, 5 days a week), causes around 6–10% of four major non-communicable diseases (coronary heart disease [CHD], type 2 diabetes, and breast and colon cancer) worldwide, and was responsible for around 5.3 million of the 57 million deaths globally in 2008.
Benefits of exercise in the workplace
A 2011 study published in the Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine showed that incorporating just 2.5 hours of exercise per week into the workday led to a noticeable reduction in absences.
Workers who spent 30–60 minutes at lunch exercising reported an average performance boost of 15 percent.
When you exercise, your body releases several different chemicals in your brain, collectively known as neurotransmitters.
The increased blood flow also benefits your brain, allowing it to almost immediately function better. As a result, you tend to feel more focused after a workout. Furthermore, exercising regularly will promote the growth of new brain cells. In your hippo campus, these new brain cells help boost memory and learning. A number of neurotransmitters are also triggered, such as endorphins, serotonin, dopamine, glutamate, and GABA. Some of these are well-known for their role in mood control. Exercise, in fact, is one of the most effective prevention and treatment strategies for depression.
Good Side Effects of Exercise

Improved sexual function
Changes in gene expression
Clearer skin
Improved mood
Improved sleep

If employers allow employees to exercise during their work time it would increase their work performance. It would decrease the number of people who call in sick. They will have a better attitude.It gives the employees more confidence.Employees will be less stressed.When employers encourage fitness it shows how much they value the well being of their employee.
Some employers believe that employees should exercise on their own time. They believe they shouldn't have to offer employees time to exercise while working. Employers aren't really concerned for the great outcomes they will have if they allow employees to exercise while at work.
Works cited
Pozen, Robert C. “Exercise Increases Productivity.” Brookings, 29 Nov. -1, https://www.brookings.edu/opinions/exercise-increases-productivity/.
Doyle, By Bob. “10 Reasons to Encourage Fitness in the Workplace.” 10 Reasons to Encourage Fitness in the Workplace, http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/doyle4.html.
Holmes, Ryan. “Why It's Time We Paid Employees to Exercise at Work.” Business Insider,
By Jessica McKenzie, MS on Mar 7, 2012. “APA Center for Organizational Excellence: Good Company.” Exercising at Work Boosts Productivity, 7 Mar. 2012, http://www.apaexcellence.org/resources/goodcompany/blog/2012/03/exercising-at-work-boosts-prod.php.
“Lack of Physical Activity Causes 1 in 10 Deaths.” News-Medical.net, 18 July 2012, http://www.news-medical.net/news/20120718/lack-of-physical-activity-causes-1-in-10-deaths.aspx.
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