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Employees get free lifetime Seven Movements Wellness Collective . Create a wellness portal for your employees at no cost while providing them access to Health Coaches, Exercise Coaches, Dieticians, and Mental Health professionals. Free to companies of any size.
During movement week we will bring your team together for live 7-minute movement breaks followed by a 10-minute micro wellness lesson A great way to engage employees and introduce them to the idea of bringing movement snacks into their day.
Our staple program. This on-demand library will give your employees lifetime access to twenty-one 7-minute at desk movement solutions to:
prevent low back pain
eliminate forearm pain
prevent neck pain
prevent shoulder pain
Bring a Movement Week to your Organization
Engage - Connect - Educate
The modern workplace is contributing to the inactivity crisis. We all feel it, just try spending a day in front of zoom! It does NOT have to be this way. Our Movement week engages your employees daily while giving them the long-term tools they need to bring simple movement into their workday. It is simple, it is affordable, and it consists of three parts:
Why a Movement Week?
THE HUMAN BODY IS DESIGNED TO MOVE
We perform best when we are active. Our brains work better, our bodies move and feel better, and ultimately we perform better. We were not designed to sit in a chair or lay on a sofa, more importantly, we were not designed to sit in front of a screen all day.
Unfortunately, our modern workplaces require us to spend time in front of screens. Our Movement week arms your employees with the knowledge and skills they need to get more active at work.
There are a great number of attainable benefits to our health, our minds, and our bodies if we simply choose to sit less and move more.
Moving more frequently and being stagnant less can lower your risk of serious health issues ranging from cancer to early mortality.
Moving more often will increase your energy and productivity levels, lower your stress and improve your mood.
Moving more can boost your metabolism, tone muscles and even reduce common aches and pains.
Bones, like muscles, require regular movement to maintain strength – low-level activity helps improve your bone health.
Weight-bearing activities that promote balance and good posture are beneficial for your bones
When you're moving, fat-burning enzymes stay activated, burning far more calories than when you’re sitting. It can add up over time.
Moving burns up to 500 calories more per hour than sitting
Blood circulation is crucial to good health, but sitting can impede blood flow, affecting every system of the body.
Within 10 minutes, circulation can be negatively impacted from sitting
Alternating between sitting and standing increases the enzymes needed to metabolize food.
20 minutes in any fixed position starts to inhibit the metabolism
Moving enlists large muscle groups along with the vestibular system which controls balance. Unused, weak muscles leave your joints unstable and prone to injury and chronic pain.
When moving, abdominal muscles are tensed and tightened, but when sitting, those muscles go unused, ultimately leading to a weak mid-section
Standing (with proper posture!) puts the spine into a more naturally aligned position.
Craning your neck forward can strain the cervical vertebrae and lead to damage that is difficult to repair
Screen-based sedentary behaviors are negatively associated with bone health in youth
Women can lose up to 1% of bone mass a year by sitting 6+ hours per day
Standing for an extra 30 minutes a day for a year can result in 5.2 lbs of weight loss
Burn 80% more calories standing than sitting
Prolonged sitting leads to poor circulation, which is strongly linked to varicose veins and blood clots
Sedentary behavior for 2.5-5 hours a day increased the risk of fatal blood clots by 70%
4 hours of inactivity causes a near shut-down of an enzyme that controls fat and cholesterol metabolism
Sitting makes hips very tight, which in turn, can affect posture, balance and make it harder to move freely
When you sit, the production of enzymes that help you break down fat drops by 90%
The glute muscles weaken from lack of use (referred to as dormant butt syndrome) and become soft and undefined from lack of use
20 minutes is all it takes before bad posture and slouching deforms your ligaments
The very act of sitting puts added pressure on your spine and compresses the disks that make up your back. So when the posture breaks down, it causes many spinal problems
As the rate of those affected with Type 2 diabetes continues to increase, breaking up sedentary time can aid in managing insulin levels and reducing that risk, as there is a significant correlation between excessive sitting and diabetes.
Interrupting sitting time can be effective in lowering postprandial glucose and insulin levels
27% of diabetes is caused by physical inactivity
1 hour of sitting may increase diabetes risk by a fifth
A sedentary lifestyle can double your risk of diabetes
People who are more active have a lower risk of osteoporosis than those who are more sedentary.
Scientists partly attribute the recent surge in cases of osteoporosis to lack of activity
Bone loss progresses much faster in people who are physically inactive
People who spend a lot of time sitting have a higher risk of osteoporosis than those who are more active
Standing more helps combat “Sitting Disease” - a term coined by the scientific community, it’s commonly used when referring to metabolic syndrome and the ill-effects of an overly sedentary lifestyle
Only 15% of people are aware of sitting disease
The average American spends 12+ hours sitting each day, putting them at risk for sitting disease
47% of people believe they are at risk for sitting disease
Studies have linked prolonged sitting to a greater risk for colon, breast and endometrial cancers. Research has suggested that regular movement boosts natural antioxidants that kill cell-damaging - and potentially cancer-causing - free radicals
1-2 minute breaks from sitting each hour is enough to lower risk factors of cancer
Those who are physically active have a 40% decrease in cancer mortality
92,000 cases of breast and colon cancer in the US each year are linked to a lack of physical activity
In women, sitting 6+ hours a day has been linked to a 65% greater risk of multiple myeloma
Moving delivers more oxygen and nutrients to the brain through improved blood flow.
Those who maintain regular bouts of activity reduce risk of cognitive decline by 50%
Physical activity enhances neurogenesis (the creation of new brain cells) in regions of the brain associated with critical thinking
In the classroom
Studies show that movement strengthens learning and improves memory and retrieval
In the office
Studies show movement is linked to improved concentration and greater productivity
Standing is a simple but underrated remedy to increase alertness and receive a natural jolt of energy.
Engaging in short bouts of activity every hour has been shown to increase energy
87% of employees reported increased energy levels after using a standing desk
37% of employees reported high levels of energy in the middle of the day when incorporating small and frequent movements
Focus & Productivity
Standing on the job promotes a greater mental awareness, which leads to far greater productivity and improved concentration. Low-level movement can also reduce pain and discomfort, allowing people to better focus.
10 minutes of movement is all it takes to increase mental focus
71% of employees reported feeling more focused after reducing sitting time by 1 hour
When using a standing desk, productivity increases by up to 46%
Moving muscles pumps fresh blood and oxygen to the brain, which releases mood enhancing chemicals.
Of workers reported positive effects on mood states after reducing sitting time
Employees reported improved mood states after using a sit-stand desk for 7 weeks
Sitting for 6+ hours during the workday puts you at a higher risk for anxiety and depression
adapted from data found at www.juststand.org