Thousands of years ago, people discovered that youthfulness is an essential part of success in any kind of physical activity, which includes thinking. Xenophon (ca. 431-355 B.C.), the Greek historian, wrote: “No citizen has any right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training; it is a part of his profession as a citizen to keep himself in good condition, and it is a disgrace for a man to grow without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.”
What was true then is still true today. Studies have shown a direct link between individual youthfulness and work efficiency:
The DuPont Corporation reported a 47.5% reduction in absenteeism over a six-year period for participants in a corporate fitness program. The company also found that such employees used 14% fewer disability days than nonparticipants-a total of nearly 12,000 fewer disability days.
A study in the journal Ergonomics concluded that “mental performance was significantly better in the physically fit than in the un-fit. Fit workers committed 27% fewer errors on tasks involving concentration and short-term memory as compared to un-fit workers.”
In a study of eighty executives over a nine-month period, those who worked out regularly improved their fitness by 22% and demonstrated a 70% improvement in their ability to make complex decisions, compared to nonexercisers.
The Canadian Life Assurance Company found that 63% of participants in a fitness program reported being more physically relaxed, less tired, and more patient during the workday. Some 47% reported being more alert, had better rapport with supervisors and co-workers, and experienced a higher level of enjoyment at work. At Union Pacific Railroad, 75% of employees reported that regular exercise improved their concentration and overall productivity at work.
General Motors found that employees who participated in a physical fitness program had a 50% reduction in job grievances and on-the-job accidents, and a 40% reduction in lost time. The Coors Brewing Company found that it got a return as high as $6.15 for every $1.00 invested in a corporate fitness program. Equitable Life Assurance, General Mills, and Motorola have reported at least a $3.00 return for every $1.00 invested.
What makes a company workplace happy and efficient?
People’s physical condition determines how many hours they will work efficiently or how often they are absent from work due to illness. Physical condition also determines the level of pro-activity in regard to new projects and finding creative solutions to any problems. To be lean, flexible, strong, and fast, and to have good posture, makes a person more efficient, which increases performance and has a direct effect on the achievement of goals.
The Happy Body program provides the precise tools to improve workplace efficiency by helping people to achieve measurable standards of Youthfullness for Flexibility, Strength, Speed, Leanness, Ideal Body Weight, Good Posture.
The exercise program, which is easy to follow, improves the body’s efficiency. The exercises are performed with free weights (dumbbells), so anyone can do them anywhere. Because the exercises are anaerobic, people do not sweat while performing them and are not exhausted afterward. Also, the program can be divided into several parts, so people can take brief breaks during which they can rejuvenate themselves.
The food plan, which is simple to incorporate into a typical workday, includes varieties of meats, vegetables, breads, and food bars. It will also work well while one is traveling.
Finally, the exercise program and food plan become so habitual that people who previously obsessed about exercise or food are liberated from that and can use that energy to be more productive in their work.