The realisation that exercise and relaxation techniques have a great part to play in maintaining healthy bodies and minds is now filtering through to India from the West, where companies are increasingly providing facilities for their employees to exercise at the workplace. In fact, trade unions in the West have used work-health promotion as a bargaining tool with their management. The West itself appears to have emulated the Japanese ethos in setting up gyms at workplaces.
The belief that workouts at the workplace promise growth, stamina, productivity and profitable performance is gaining ground so briskly that corporate houses yet to invest in their own gyms have tied up with neighbourhood gyms, subsidising membership fees for staff. "Today, people spend more time in the office than at home," says an executive of Philips India in Calcutta, where the office gym is a year old. "The time spent in office should have some quality both in terms of work and health."