Rise in pensionable age means it is time to stay fit for work, says fitness entrepreneur
Employers need to take measures to ensure their older staff remain fit to work and stay productive now that the state pension age is being increased, says fitness and health entrepreneur, Zef eisenberg.
He pointed out that active people function better and enjoy better health and immunity than those who are inactive.
according to Deloittes Health of the nation report, if 70% of the uk population exercised for 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week, the annual saving to employers would be almost £500-million in recouped sick days, with a saving of over £80-million for the NHS.
Fitness industry association surveys confirm that employees who are fit have better morale and less anxiety, less depression and stress-related disorders.
Mr eisenberg says that if employers were made aware of the benefits of a fitter workforce, they would be keener to offer incentive schemes to employees to get fit, such as subsidized gym membership and lunch-hour work-out opportunities.
“Different exercises help with all sorts of health niggles which can strike from the 40s onward, such as troubled digestion, poor posture and sleeplessness, and physical activity can be beneficial for a range of medical conditions, from diabetes to heart conditions and lower back pain,” he said.
“it is especially important to work out regularly as you grow older. in your later years as the body starts to lose immunity and strength,” he said.
the Fitness industry association’s active at Work survey 2011 demonstrates that 50% of those who start on a fitness regime feel more productive at work.
“a strong body yields a strong mind. employers need to realize the connection, and take positive action,” he concluded.