The 280 employees at Boland, Inc., a Rockville, Md., air conditioning company, have run out of excuses to do at least a minimum amount of exercise each day.
Reason: Two years ago, the company adopted Rick’s Quick Fit, a 15-minute workout that employees can do in their work clothes. A 10-minute stroll on a treadmill, a three-minute workout with light hand weights, a minute of stretching and a minute of stomach crunches every day has helped some of the 200 participants lose weight or lower blood pressure.
Boland held training sessions on how to do the exercises safely. Now employees do the daily program either at home or in the office gym during breaks. The company pays $10,000 a year to use the program, a cost Vice President Lou Boland says the organization recovers through better employee health, morale and motivation.
Contact: Lou Boland, VP of Boland, Inc., at (301) 984-2400, or Rick Bradley, owner of Rick’s Quick Fit, at email@example.com.