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Rise In Pensionable Age Means It Is Time To Stay Fit For Work, Says Fitness Entrepreneur

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. 

Mr Eisenberg pointed out that active people function better and enjoy better health and immunity than those who are inactive.

According to Deloitte’s 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 &pound500-million in recouped sick days, and there would also be a saving of over &pound80-million for the NHS. 

The report also states that around a third of people name family and work commitments as reasons for not exercising more.

Fitness Industry Association surveys confirm that employees who are fit have better morale and less anxiety, less depression and stress-related disorders.  

Mr Eisenberg – whose top-selling Maximuscle fitness food was bought by Glaxo Smith Kline earlier this year for &pound162-million – 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 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, and a huge 90% notice other health and performance enhancements in their lifestyle, such as drinking and smoking less and eating more healthily.

 “The rise in pensionable age will affect some individuals more than others,” predicts Mr Eisenberg.  “At 66, some people are still physically and psychologically youthful others are quite unwell and unfit.  Employers can take measures now to safeguard the productivity and wellness of older staff by supporting them in their fitness drive.

“A strong body yields a strong mind. Employers need to realize the connection, and take positive action,” he concluded.


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