The announcement for the new fitness room, located in Global Aviation’s south hangar, went out on June 3rd.  It marked the completion of an employee volunteer project and the transformation of a space that had stood empty for some time.

Faulty sprinklers flooded the south hangar at Global Aviation in 2009.  At the time, the space was not being utilized and as a result, the repairs were minimal.   Cement floors and exposed drywall made the area uninhabitable for the most part.    None-the-less, a used DVD player, television and treadmill moved in.  And shortly thereafter, a few brave employees would venture over to the hangar for their workouts.

Global Aviation employees are an active group as a whole.  The company encourages a healthy lifestyle and prior to creating the fitness rooms, looked into providing employees with memberships to a local health club. “We had certain ideas about what we wanted and convenience was a factor.  To get exactly what we desired, we decided to build it ourselves,” states HR Manager, Michael Stokes.

In addition to being a great employee benefit, it is a smart business move.  According to the World Health Organization, stress costs American businesses an estimated $300 billion a year and is the most common cause of absenteeism, lowered productivity, turn-over and health claims.  In fact, stress is one of the leading causes of hypertension, anxiety, depression and obesity.  Research suggests that coping with stress and its effects need not be complicated or costly.  Regular exercise helps the body to recharge and combats stress by burning stress-causing chemicals such as cortisol and norepinephrine.  Vigorous exercise also enables the body to release endorphins which are morphine-like hormones that create euphoria and a feeling of well-being.  Meanwhile, other chemicals like dopamine and serotonin are released in the brain during exercise, which off-set internal causes of stress.

Global’s new fitness area, which includes three rooms, was renovated by the employees.  The cardio room has two treadmills, an elliptical machine and a spin cycle. It also features a 40” flat panel television.  The strength training room features a Bowflex, a dumbbell set (that ranges from 5 -30 pounds) and a bench that provides flat, incline and decline angles.  The third room is used for yoga and stretching.  It is equipped with two fitness stability balls, a Bosu Ball, television and DVD player.

“Our employees are what make Global Aviation the company that it is,” states Global Aviation President, Flo Newton.  “Employee health and well-being is an investment that we are making in ourselves and our future.”

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