We’ve all heard the benefits of exercise on work performance; that active employees are happier and more productive. NBC News points out that employees who exercise improve their time management, mental performance, and ability to meet deadlines – employees who exercised regularly found a 15% edge over their peers!

netlogx understands the importance being active plays on the health and performance of its employees. The netlogx Wellness Committee decided to kick off 2016 with a company-wide Fitbit competition, lasting from 1/11/2016 to 3/7/2016. Employees were given the option to wear a personal Fitbit or one supplied by netlogx. Competitors were split into three teams and an overall winning team will be announced in March. Prizes will be awarded to the winning team – although improved health is its own reward (I know it’s cliché, but I had to say it).

Some of the competitors had the following to say about why they decided to join the competition:

Alec Mitchell – “I wanted to take advantage of using a Fitbit that netlogx was providing.  It sounded like a fun way to have healthy competition between all of us.”

Navi Kaur – “I wanted some kind of motivation to exercise. So, I thought that signing up for the Fitbit competition will place me in a situation where I would have to work out and won’t be able to make any excuses for being lazy.”

Javeria Masood – “I am always looking for opportunities/excuses to become healthier. I am competitive, and the Fitbit challenge was perfect. I had never tried on a Fitbit before, but I love seeing how many steps I took and how much sleep I got everyday.”

Stacy Shew – “I really enjoyed the previous competition, the great motivation, the spirit of competition, and it was a good way to burn calories.”

Katherine Moraniec – “I’d say the accountability gives me more motivation.”

Rick Koen – “I had heart surgery 2 years ago and have gotten a little off track in my exercise routine.  I’m using the Fitbit competition as a way to get an exercise “habit” back into my lifestyle!”

Karen Roybal – “I figured being in the competition would motivate me to get myself into the gym.”

Spencer Dean – “I’m a competitive person and it doesn’t hurt to have something to motivate me to be more active especially in this cold Michigan weather.”

I am looking forward to seeing a happier, healthier, and more productive group of peers in March.