Bill May Help Employees with Fitness Costs

We all want to be fit and healthy, but some of us don’t have the money to pay for gym classes. But if they were free (or at least cheaper), then it would be another story.

Not Everyone Can Afford It

Some people are lucky enough to get their company pays for their gym membership fee. All they need to do is to go to the gym and workout. While it might sound a bit unrealistic since most employers want to cut costs, there are a few who are willing to pay for something that would help their company in the long run. They believe that a healthier employee would be more productive than someone who never exercises.

A Possible Solution

Fortunately, there is such a proposal on the table that lets the employee get a free membership from the gym. It is known as the PHIT Act, for Personal Health Investment Today, which would put up a total of $2,000 per employee for health savings. These funds will only be used when an employee joins health clubs, or buy sports equipment, and it covers other fitness activities.

In the US alone, most of the people are inactive and thus, it is doing some harm to their health. Kevin Plank, Under Armour CEO and its founder, became part of the PHIT idea when it first came up. The company wants everyone to get healthy – and as such would love to promote exercise as a way of life. The WHO (World Health Organization) believes that it could decrease future medical spending by $32 for every $10 invested in the project.

Not Everyone Agrees

It would mean that the government might reduce their medical spending to $8 billion. However, not everyone is optimistic about it as some people are born pessimists. Michael Cannon, director of health-policy studies at the Cato Institute claimed that it is just stretching it a little further. He added that the bill is silly.

Mark Miller, chief operating officer of Merritt Clubs, was rather optimistic and claimed that it could boost the number of healthy people since more people would be encouraged to get healthy. There is a chance that more people would get interested in getting fit if the fees were reduced.

At least, they don’t need to get it from the money that they have budgeted for paying their bills. The Sports & Fitness Association sees it as a great thing since it would encourage more youths to get in shape. Sally Johnson who is an executive director of the Florida-based council, said that it gets harder to get active once you get used to being inactive.

At least, they don’t need to get it from the money that they have budgeted for paying their bills. The Sports & Fitness Association sees it as a great thing since it would encourage more youths to get in shape. Sally Johnson who is an executive director of the Florida-based council, said that it gets harder to get active once you get used to being inactive.

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    Bob J January 19, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    I don’t think companies should have to pay for their employees to get in shape. They already have to pay too much as it is with the Affordable Care Act and everything else there being forced to pay these days. This kind of thing only causes a rise in the cost of goods which of course effects the same people who need help paying for exercise equipment and the like in the first place. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for employees getting in shape. I agree that it would make all of us more productive. But enough is enough.

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