How midday movement can improve the lives of your employees and your workplace culture.
Anyone who has had an ear to the wellness streets is well aware of the fact that our country does not move enough. The World Health Organization reported that Americans average about 7.7 hours a day engaging in sedentary behavior, thereby increasing the risk for heart disease, various cancers, inflammation, depression, psychological stress, and chronic pain.
What is no coincidence is that the average American workday is 8 hours, directly contributing to the daily hours employees spend being sedentary.
With the inclusion of exercise in the workday, leaders within the American workplace have the ability to change office culture by positively impacting their employees' health and quality of life.
By providing the opportunity for midday exercise, an employer will be decreasing sick days, enhancing workplace productivity, and creating an environment that truly values the total body wellness of all personnel.
Located in the heart of Denver, Upswell offers athletic recovery classes and modalities in a welcoming, inclusive studio space.
Upswell is easily accessible to all neighborhoods and work places in the metro area, and exists to help our guests feel good, stay active, and be vibrant. Offering active recovery classes, infrared sauna sessions, and professional recovery tools, Upswell is the answer to your team’s mid-day movement needs.
When the body doesn’t move, the stuff inside suffers.
A sedentary lifestyle negatively impacts the physiology of the human body in a number of ways.
The unmoving body decreases the activity demands of the heart, resulting in less efficient blood flow to the rest of the vital organs and muscles, and the potential for heart disease and deconditioning.
Changes to the way the body metabolizes food for energy are common with insufficient physical activity, resulting in weight gain from body fat, a decrease in insulin sensitivity, and increased risk for developing diabetes.
With a lack of exercise, hormones can become imbalanced, causing increased risk for cancer, chronic inflammation, depression, and anxiety.
The sedentary body can develop muscular and skeletal misalignment and chronic pain as a result of sitting in poor posture for prolonged periods of time. Pain can adversely affect an employee's ability to concentrate, much less work to their full and most efficient mental capacity.
All it takes is sitting in front of a computer for an extended period of time to realize that the midday slump is real.
When considering the health and productivity of their workforce, an important realization for the employer is, to move our bodies is to move our brains. Not only do employees benefit physiologically from a mid-day exercise break, but their productivity improves as well.
Studies have shown that mindful exercise focused on intentionally coordinating breath and movement increases stimulation to the frontal lobes of the brain — the region responsible for higher-level executive functions.
Higher level executive functions include cognitive skills such as planning, organizing, self control, and the ability to achieve a desired goal. This increase in brain activity can help employees stay focused, enhance productivity, and remain goal oriented at work.
Midday exercise has been shown to positively alter psychological symptoms related to stress, anxiety, and depression. To step away from one’s desk and into exercise during the workday is to reduce cortisol levels and restore a mental and emotional sense of well being.
Weekly moderate to vigorous physical activity has shown a direct correlation with the reduction of health risks and diseases related to sitting too much. By exercising regularly, employees have fewer sick days and are less of a burden to their employer-provided health coverage.
Because of the undeniable science pointing to the many negative health risks of a sedentary lifestyle, a group of experts in the UK published guidelines for employers suggesting that employees engage in 2 hours of physical activity as a part of their workday.
The average American workday is in need of an update — less sitting and more moving. The physical, mental, and emotional needs of workplace personnel are suffering as a result of the sedentary lifestyle.
Upswell is the change that the office culture is in need of.
Offering midday exercise classes that are focused on enhancing the wellness of the mind and body, Upswell is here to support employers and their staff to stay healthy, happy, and productive.