Study: Employees who workout more often are happier

According to a 7card & IZI Data study:

9 out of 10
employees who exercise at least 2-3 times a week say that physical activity is key to their well-being.
how do we define it vs. do we have it?

A 7card study, conducted by research agency IZI Data, explored how Romanian employees perceive well-being. According to the research, the top three indicators of well-being are emotional/mental health (71%), physical health (65%) and sport (63%).

While understanding the importance of these three factors in ensuring overall well-being, respondents acknowledge that they still have work to do in implementing strategies to get them there. Thus, 47% of respondents say they are emotionally/mentally healthy, 39% say they feel physically healthy and 51% say they play sports.

"The overall well-being of employees is closely correlated with their job performance. A balanced lifestyle translates into a balanced employee, and companies have a role to support their teams and help them reach their potential. 7card plays a strategic partner role in this process, as it can support employers with comprehensive corporate wellbeing programmes: access to a range of relaxation activities, sports and learning resources."
Dan Moraru
Country Lead 7card by Gympass

9 out of 10 employees who exercise are happier

According to the same study, happiness score increases directly proportional to the frequency of sports activity, so 9 out of 10 employees who do sport at least 2-3 times a week mention sport among the elements of well-being present in their lives. At the other end of the spectrum, 6 out of 10 employees who currently do no physical activity consider themselves unhappy.

Happiness is also directly correlated with well-being. 7 out of 10 employees who do sport 2-3 times a week consider their well-being to be high, as measured by emotional/mental health, physical health and sport.

Employee well-being: definition versus reality

7 out of 10 employees define well-being in terms of emotional/mind health, but only 5 of them say they have emotional/mind health.

6 out of 10 employees define well-being as: “I feel healthy”, “I work out”, “I feel physically well”, “I feel loved”. However, according to the survey, 39% of respondents say they feel healthy and 37% say they feel physically well.

Research shows that 7card recipients have higher levels of personal development and financial well-being than the general public.

7card supports companies in Romania to offer their employees a corporate wellbeing programme for their employees, including access to a range of sports and relaxation activities and educational resources.

7card users have
a higher level of
personal development

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The study entitled “Quantitative research report: gym membership selection and usage habits” was conducted by research agency IZI Data on a sample of 876 respondents using self-administered online questionnaires among employees who currently attend the gym, or who intend to resume training and have been to the gym in the past. Collection period: 13-19 December 2023.


About 7card by Gympass

7card is the only complete well-being solution in Romania for companies and their employees. A service that provides access to the widest variety of relaxation and sports activities available in the 7card app and helps companies play a significant role in ensuring the well-being of their employees through their corporate wellbeing programme.

Through the 7card app, employees have access to over 530 fitness centres, yoga, pilates, swimming pools, dance and climbing studios, plus 30 other activities. 7card users also have access to well-being programmes offering counselling, nutrition programmes, mindfulness, and well-being education that can be continued during their breaks from fitness activities to support their well-being journey.

With more than 12 years of activity, 7card supports almost 360,000 employees in more than 1,500 companies in 57 cities in Romania, from all sectors and all sizes, to build their ideal well-being programme.
In January 2022, 7card was acquired by Gympass, the #1 global operator in corporate wellbeing services, with operations in 11 countries in North and Central America, South America and Europe.

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