Healthy Profits

Companies are bending in all directions to offer health and fitness programs to their employees

At 5:30 P.M., as he often does around this time, Bob Martin, 47, is standing on his head. Martin has just finished another frenzied day as a patent attorney at Hewlett-Packard's Palo Alto, Calif., headquarters, but instead of plunging into rush-hour traffic, he has descended one flight of stairs to the company's yoga studio. Soft music flutes through the room as half a dozen practitioners, high heels and neckties stowed in nearby lockers, bend and breathe to their instructor's directions. "It's wonderful," Martin says, rolling back to his feet. "I come down here and I let everything that's been happening during...

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