We are all aware of the toll that work can take on our bodies and especially our backs. Recently some state agencies in Kentucky have decided to prevent these work related issues by allowing their workers to have paid exercise breaks!
Department of Financial Institutions employee Lisa Clark said being able to extend her lunch break to work out has been so beneficial she hasn’t had to visit her doctor for low back pain and fibromyalgia, which causes body-wide pain, in a year.
Others state that having a exercise break during the work day has improved not only physical abilities but mental as well.
At least three other agencies also allow employees to exercise on the clock including; The Department of Military Affairs, The Department of Veterans Affairs and The Personnel Cabinet, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.
Personnel Cabinet spokeswoman Crystal Pryor says the “wellness breaks” are cost effective because they result in “reduced absenteeism, increased productivity, higher employee morale and lower health care costs for the Kentucky Employees’ Health Plan, the state’s self-funded insurance program.”
A study published last year by the Harvard University found that “medical costs fall about $3.27 for every dollar spent on wellness programs, and absentee day costs fall by about $2.73 for every dollar spent.”
Different state agencies have different rules for using the program. Some employees can exercise up to five hours a week; others are limited to 90 minutes each week. Employees can participate only if their workload on a given day allows and only with approval from a supervisor.
What are your thoughts on this? Do you think that exercise breaks during the work week would be beneficial to your physical and mental abilities? I know I do! To read more about this topic visit FOX news!