your fitness level doesn't affect your job performance? Think
again! A recent study suggests that physically fit employees
are more productive, have fewer absences and are more satisfied
with the quality of their work than their less physically
Researchers surveyed 683 men and women to assess whether
lifestyle-related health risks, including a lack of physical
activity, poor cardiorespiratory fitness, and obesity, are
linked to aspects of job performance, such as absenteeism,
work performance and relationships with co-workers.
Physically active employees reported better work quality
and overall job performance, and those with higher levels
of physical fitness reported positively on the quantity of
work performed, as well as a reduction in the amount of effort
needed to complete the work. Researchers also found that work
quantity increased as employee fitness levels increased.
Twenty-two percent of study participants were classified
as obese, with 4.5 percent labeled "severely" obese. Obese
employees reportedly had more difficulty getting along with
co-workers, while severely obese employees reported a higher
number of absences related to health. The study concluded
that poor health related to lifestyle choices negatively impacts
If you suspect that your work performance is suffering because
of an unhealthy lifestyle, talk to a doctor of chiropractic
about getting back on track with some healthier choices. It
could save your life and your job!
Pronk NP, Martinson B, Kessler RC, Beck AL, Simon GE, Wan
P. The association between work performance and physical activity,
cardiorespiratory fitness, and obesity. Journal of Occupational
and Environmental Medicine January 2004;46(1), pp19-25.
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