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These companies will pay their employees to work out

"They're getting compensated whatever their pay rate is to be there," one CEO said of his company's fitness classes.
These companies will pay their employees to work out
Posted at 4:08 PM, May 11, 2023

The benefits of exercise — stress relief, weight management and overall health — are great incentives to join a fitness class. But an even better one is getting cash to do it.

For the employees at meal prep company Nutrition Solutions, getting paid to exercise is just one of the perks of going to work.

Chris Cavallini, the CEO of Nutrition Solutions, offers free fitness classes to all of his employees two mornings a week — a perk the company has provided since 2016.

"If they come to those workouts, they are on the clock," he told CNBC. "They’re getting compensated whatever their pay rate is to be there."

Cavallini’s military background influences his outlook. One of his classes involves "mental toughness training" exercises, including plunging your body into a tub of ice water.

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Overall, the financial incentive has been a tremendous success; CNBC reports the company’s fitness classes regularly pack in up to 40 people.

It makes sense that a healthy food company would offer this kind of benefit to employees, but there are other companies outside the health space that also incorporate fitness into their benefits.

If you’d like to work for a business that makes physical and emotional wellness a priority, consider one of these companies:


According to its website, Microsoft will pick up the tab for your annual gym membership — or whatever way you choose to exercise. The company offers employees a reimbursement of up to $1,500 per year for "wellness-related expenses" that help workers stay happy and healthy.


The business software company Intuit is so committed to its employees' mental and physical health that their workers can be reimbursed up to $1,300 for expenses related to their "physical, emotional, or financial well-being."


People who work at Salesforce are eligible for a monthly $100 reimbursement "for activities that help them, their spouse or domestic partner, and their children be well." That reimbursement could apply to anything from meditation programs and gym memberships to massages and family cooking classes.

This story was originally published by Jennifer Graham Kizer on

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