A few years ago, the cost of low physical activity of the society in Poland amounted to approximately EUR 2 billion a year. If we update these calculations and take the negative changes in lifestyle resulting from the pandemic and the increasing health debt into account, the price of lack of activity will be even more acute for our country, including the health care system and the labour market. According to experts, preventive measures that will mobilise Poles to move are necessary, because, as indicated by the results of the MultiSport Index 2022 survey, as many as 59% of working age people still do not meet the basic recommendations of the World Health Organisation (WHO) with regard to physical activity.
How much does the lack of physical activity cost us?
Employers have long recognised the benefits and have acted upon them
Employers have an influence on the physical activity of Poles
 MultiSport Index Pandemic survey
MultiSport Index is the first comprehensive survey of physical activity undertaken at least once a month and regular sports activity undertaken at least once a week of Poles conducted in Poland. The survey is commissioned by Benefit Systems and each time enhanced with a special part, which this year covers the impact of the pandemic and physical activity on the health and wellbeing of Poles. The Multisport Index 2022 survey was conducted by Kantar in cooperation with the Minds & Roses research company on 14-24 November 2021 on a representative random sample of 1,400 Poles over 18 years of age using the computer-assisted telephone interview technique (CATI).
MultiSport Programme is offered as part of non-financial benefits. It enables employees and their relatives to use over 25 sports disciplines in nearly 4,500 sports and recreational facilities located in 650 Polish cities. The MultiSport card is used by over a million users in Poland and abroad (Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Croatia, and Slovakia). Since 2021, the programme has also been developed on the Turkish market. The MultiSport mission is to activate all generations as well as to build awareness of a healthy and active lifestyle. More information on the MultiSport Programme can be found at www.kartamultisport.pl.
Benefit Systems has been operating on the Polish market for over two decades and is one of the leaders in providing non-financial benefits that support the wellbeing of employees. The company is the creator of the MultiSport Programme which allows its users to take up physical activity in sports facilities all over the country. The Benefit Systems portfolio also includes the MyBenefit cafeteria platform with the MyBenefit Active gamification module as well as the MultiLife wellbeing program which comprehensively meets the needs related to a healthy and active lifestyle of employees. For several years now the company’s sports offer has been developed on foreign markets, including the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria, and Croatia. An important area of Benefit Systems’ activities is promoting an active lifestyle at every stage of life, which is why the company implements initiatives supporting physical activity of children, adults, and seniors. Since 2018, Benefit Systems has been a part of the global B Corp initiative bringing together companies involved in solving the most important social problems. More information on the company can be found at www.benefitsystems.pl.