Five Minute Friday Podcast: Fitness Reimbursement

danAt DHG, we are passionate about making an impact on the health and well-being of our people, and part of that is encouraging our people to incorporate exercise into their Life Beyond Numbers. We have a great fitness reimbursement program that offers employees up to $300 to go towards annual gym and fitness center fees. This Five Minute Friday features Dan Miles, assurance manager in our Richmond, Virginia office, talking about how he has taken advantage of this DHG benefit.



AGH: Hello everyone and welcome back to another episode of our DHG podcast series. I’m Alice Grey Harrison, your host, and we’re here today with a Five Minute Friday program. Today’s topic is fitness reimbursement, and today I have with me Dan Miles who’s an assurance manager in our Richmond, Virginia office, and also a regular at his local gym.

Welcome, Dan!

DM: Thanks, Alice Grey.

AGH: Here at DHG we have a great fitness reimbursement program. If you go to the gym at least 100 times during a calendar year, and of course you have to be an employee here at DHG, you are eligible for a reimbursement of up to $300. If let’s say you don’t quite make it there 100 times, but you make it 75% of the time, you’re still eligible for a reimbursement of up to $200 of actual fitness center fees. And if you, perhaps like me, on some years start the year off really strong and then maybe your New Year’s resolution gets pushed down the list of priorities and you only make it 50 times, you’re still eligible for a reimbursement of up $150 of actual fitness center fees.

It’s really great to have our reimbursement option. I understand that Dan is an avid fitness guru in his local market, so I asked him to join me to talk a little bit about the program. Dan, why is exercise important to you?

DM: A couple reasons I guess. It makes me feel better. Each time I go into the gym I feel like I’ve accomplished something. I feel good that I’ve done something to promote a healthy lifestyle. It’s a good stress relief tool where you can get away and not have to think about the daily grind or anything that’s really on your mind. It’s just a good time to relax, even though it’s not the most relaxing thing when you’re doing it, it kind of takes your mind off everything else. And again, most of the time when you walk out of the gym you’re feeling pretty good that you went in there and were productive.

AGH: Absolutely. And let me add too that this definitely compliments our Energy for Life program, which is DHG’s mind, body, emotion, spirit program that we are rolling out across the firm. So it really does play into our overall health. What do your typical workout routines look like?

DM: I enjoy a variety of different types of exercise each time I go to the gym. It’s easy to fall into a habit or a routine that you become bored with, or that your body becomes bored with and maybe starts to react differently or benefit less. So typically I focus on both cardio and weight training. Some calisthenics, like push ups and sit-ups, but the main focus is on weight training and cardio. I try to go to the gym five days a week. Three of those five days will be more cardio focused where I’m either maybe on the treadmill, or the StairMaster, or the Elliptical or doing some kind of high intensity interval training. And then the other two days are more focused on weightlifting, free weights and resistance training. After a day of weightlifting I try to do at least 15 to 20 minutes of cardio to finish my day there.

AGH: That’s awesome. And also, I would think all that variety keeps you from getting bored with it.

DM: Yeah, certainly. Like I said, it’s pretty easy if you just go in the gym, just get on the treadmill for 30 minutes a day, you’re only going to be able to do that for so long before you get really tired of doing that.

AGH: Yeah.

DM: If you become bored with it, you’re less likely to stick with a program or to stay in there with some discipline.

AGH: Awesome. Absolutely. So why do you think it’s important that DHG offers this benefit?

DM: It certainly shows the firm’s commitment to work-life integration, promoting a healthy lifestyle. And again, for me, it’s a good stress relief tool, so just like most professionals here, work can get burdensome at certain times of the year. So having that benefit as an incentive everyone is something everyone can do to stay active, stay healthy, and taking your mind off things is a great perk. I’ve appreciated it. I think I’ve cashed in the $300 reimbursement basically every year, so I certainly am one that takes advantage of it and appreciates it.

AGH: That’s great. Well, Dan, thank you for being with us today and sharing your perspective.

DM: I appreciate it. Thank you for having me.

AGH: And thank you all for listening to Life at DHG, our premier podcast series. If you like what you just heard, we hope you’ll tell your friends and colleagues. Be sure to check out our DHG blog for more great stories about Life Beyond Numbers. And DHG employees – you can visit our Compass internal website to learn more about DHG’s fitness reimbursement.

Join us next time for another edition of Life at DHG.

Dan is an Assurance Manager in our Richmond, VA office. He is a graduate of Longwood University with a B.S. in Business Administration. Besides spending time at the gym, in his free time Dan enjoys spending time with family, friends and his 2 Doberman Pinschers, as well as home improvement projects.

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