But maybe big business need it to be. Governments certainly know it is about the money, which is why they are so freaked out and trying everything they know to turn things around. If you own a business or work for one and are interested in the bottom line, then read this article. There is gold in ‘them there exercising hills!’

Exercise can increase productivity by up to AU$2,500 per employee according to 60 day trial carried out by The Brain Science Institute

Clinical trial to measure correlation between physical fitness and brain function finds that exercise significantly increases happiness, productivity and cognition

SYDNEY, Australia — September 13, 2011 —SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) Australia, announced the findings of a clinical trial conducted recently by the Brain Sciences Institute at Swinburne University, on 40 randomly selected SAP employees over a 60 day period.  The study intervention was carried out by Professor Paul Taylor, founder of the Body Brain Performance Institute.

The research study looked at different measurable components of cognition using a neuropsychological test battery specifically developed by Swinburne’s Brain Science Institute. The test measured important aspects of brain function typical for people in management and executive positions, such as the ability of the brain to plan, remember, simulate future scenarios and make decisions.

Over 60 days, a total of 40 randomly selected SAP employees based in Melbourne took part in the clinical trial.  Half of the employees represented the control group and the other half the exercise group. Both groups did a 10,000 steps per day walking program with the exercise group attending the gym three times a week to do a novel approach to resistance training in addition to the steps.

The trial, which ran from April to June this year, found a direct link between physical fitness and work participation, with productivity increases calculated at AU$2,500 per year per employee.

“The research showed that there is a very clear link between physical fitness and brain function,” said Prof. Taylor. “There were improvements in the employees’ mood and cognition from both of the groups, with the exercise group surpassing the results of the control group.”

The results of the trial found that by doing 10,000 steps a day, the control group received modest improvement in their BioAge and brain functions. Average exercise level for most Australian office workers is between 3,000 – 5,000 steps a day. The clinical trial established that when more vigorous exercise is added three times per week, BioAge and brain function increase significantly.

As a result, SAP will be rolling out the 10,000 steps walking program for its employees in Australia, supported by an online wellness platform developed by The Body-Brain Performance Institute. With the Institute’s help, SAP is looking to promote health, mental well-being and resilience of its employees, which brings both individual and business benefits.

“SAP has a very strong commitment to nurturing and developing its employees.  This program provides a way in which we can offer support to both their physical and mental fitness, and increase overall productivity across the business,” said Tim Ebbeck, President and Managing Director, SAP Australia and New Zealand.  “It’s a great program.”

The clinical trial established that:

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