A number of research studies have shown that there is a “dose-response” relationship between physical activity and sickness absence 1. This means that an increase in the amount of physical activity carried out by your employees leads to a decrease in the number of sickness absences.
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A large number of studies have shown that exercise has a number of other work related benefits such as reducing an employee’s perceived workload and boosting their productivity 2,3,4,5.
2. Robroek SJ, van den Berg TI, Plat JF, et al. The role of obesity and lifestyle behaviours in a productive workforce. Occup Environ Med. 2011;68(2):134–9.
3. Pronk NP, Martinson B, Kessler RC, et al. The association between work performance and physical activity, cardiorespiratory fitness, and obesity. J Occup Environ Med. 2004;46(1):19–25.
4. van Amelsvoort LG, Spigt MG, Swaen GM, et al. Leisure time physical activity and sickness absenteeism: a prospective study. Occup Med. 2006;56(3):210–2.
5. Kerr JH, Vos MCH. Employee fitness programmes, absenteeism and general well-being. Work Stress.1993;7:179–90
Outdoor exercise in a natural setting indicates that nature can make positive contributions to our health, help us recover from pre-existing stresses or problems, have an “immunising” effect by protecting us from future stresses, and help us to concentrate and think more clearly 6.
6. Countryside Recreation Network. (2006) A Countryside for Health and Wellbeing: The Physical and Mental Health Benefits of Green Exercise