10 Companies Where You’ll Feel Your Happiest and Healthiest
Do you have just as many bicycle shorts as blazers? Does your gym membership have a place of pride in your wallet or on your keychain? Do you get cranky when you go too long without breaking a sweat—forget about sitting at your desk all day?
If yes, then we have great news: We’ve rounded up some awesome companies that care just as much about fitness as you do. From free yoga classes and complimentary race entries to Fitbits and group Pilates, you’ll love working out at work.
1. Bright Pink
Bright Pink is a national nonprofit focused on risk reduction and early prevention of breast and ovarian cancer—so it’s safe to say the company cares about health. The whole office regularly takes spin, Yoga, and Pilates classes together, which not only keeps endorphin levels high but encourages a senses of community.
“We do a lot of working out together, which is really fun and so mission-focused. It’s a perfect break for us, and we feel re-energized afterward,” says Carli Feinstein, marketing and communications manager.
EveryMove is a software company that helps users get healthy, both as individuals and communities. The team believes physical activity is fundamental to health and happiness, so the host of fitness-related perks come as no surprise.
Want to compete in a triathlon or race? EveryMove will cover your entry. Want a free gym membership? It’s done. Want to try tons of fitness and health tracking devices? You don’t even have to ask.
3. Peloton Cycle
Peloton’s luxury stationary bikes, which come with touch-screen tablets that allow users to live-stream studio cycling classes, take fitness to a whole new level—and so does the Peloton office.
Naturally, it has its own cycling studio, which allows employees to build muscle—and bond—as a team. “Everybody who works at Peloton feels pretty passionately that the Peloton bike is a way of life,” says Christopher, a back-end engineer.
And you know what they say about co-workers who sweat together.
Is there an employee perk that Facebook doesn’t have? We’re not surprised that this tech giant gives its workers access to everything they need to boost their heart rates.
For example, the Menlo Park headquarters boasts a state-of-the-art gym—which has its own Facebook page, naturally. And the company’s bike share program is just as well thought-out. There are lockers, wall-mounted bike racks, and even showers in every building, so cycling is a breeze. No wonder Facebook got an award from the League of American Cyclists.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re on the field scoring touchdowns or in an office creating software—NFL employees stay in shape.
For proof, look no further than the state-of-the-art gym at the NFL’s Manhattan headquarters. If you’d rather work out in a group, there are free fitness classes. And once you’re ready to refuel, you can head down to the gleaming Huddle Cafe, which has plenty of healthy options—and some decadent ones, too.
Do you start the week as relaxed as you end it? You will if you work at Factual, which creates databases for businesses and has a goal to make its Mondays indistinguishable from its Fridays.
The company makes it happen by offering lots of stress-relieving, endorphin-boosting ways to stay active. That includes weekly free yoga classes, discounts to local gyms, and two ping-pong tables. Sounds pretty sweet to us.
Yelp’s mission is all about keeping its users in the know while they’re on the go, which it why it makes perfect sense the company promotes an active lifestyle. Staying in shape is easy and fun for Yelployees: They have unlimited access to huge ping-pong tables, hydrating Vitamin Water, and the latest software and hardware.
But the best part is the discounted gym memberships; just don’t forget to Yelp a gym before you join.
8. Boost Media
At Boost Media, which creates targeted advertising for some of the world’s leading brands, the opportunities for practicing your slam dunk are endless. That’s thanks to the many games of pick-up basketball that go on in the office—and that everyone participates in.
“We play a lot of pick-up basketball where you’ll see the CEO dunking on co-workers,” says Bill Sherby, a data and analytics manager.
However, you don’t have to be Shaq to stay in shape at Boost. There’s also an on-site gym, stocked with weight and cardio machines galore. With fun monthly activities like paintball, you’ll be sure to put your physical skills to the test in the most fun ways possible.
If you enjoy some good old-fashioned competition, you’ll have a blast at Lithium. The company builds online communities for brands like Sephora and Home Depot—but Lithium’s in-office community is just as important.
Co-workers love to hang out by working out together, participating in friendly games of ping-pong, and even holding impromptu foot races. Of course, if you prefer your running to take place on a treadmill, you can do that too in the office gym. Hungry after your workout? Lithium’s kitchen always has tons of food and drinks; plus, lunch is catered three times a week.
Those of you who like getting fit with the help of a Wii will love Chegg, an education hub that provides college students with textbook rentals, eTextbooks, online homework help, and much more.
That’s because at the company’s Santa Clara office, you can play Wii Tennis, Wii golf, and Wii boxing to your heart’s content. If your idea of getting physical is a little more, well, physical, there’s also an on-site gym, stocked with all the latest and greatest fitness equipment. Still not satisfied? Chegg will pay for your membership to an outside gym.