We sit at our desks, during meetings, and probably while reading this blog post. But did you know that too much sitting can have serious health repercussions? Buckle up (or better yet, stand up) as we dive into the world of sedentarism and how to shake it off with a little help from Wakeout.
15 Hours A Day in a Chair
The average office worker sits for about 15 hours a day. That's right, 15 hours! And no, that's not just a scary number we pulled out of a hat. According to a study by the American Journal of Epidemiology, excessive sitting is associated with a host of health risks, including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, certain cancers, and even early death.
Now, we know what you're thinking. "But I exercise regularly, so I'm safe, right?" Well, not exactly. Research has shown that even regular exercise may not entirely offset the risks associated with prolonged sitting. It's like trying to undo a triple cheeseburger with a side of fries by eating a salad. Nice try, but no cigar.
It's About Short Bursts of Movement at Work
So, what's a well-meaning HR manager to do? Enter Wakeout for Teams. Wakeout is not about turning your office into a makeshift gym or getting everyone to run marathons. Instead, it's about integrating short bursts of movement into your workday to break up those long sitting sessions.
Think of Wakeout as your friendly neighborhood anti-sedentary superhero. With our Anti-Sedentary Timer, you can easily set up reminders for your team to stand up, stretch, or even have a quick dance break. Yes, a dance break! Who knew combating sedentarism could be so fun?
Setting Up Your Anti-Sedentary Defense System
Setting up Wakeout for Teams is as easy as pie. It takes 5 minutes to set up your account and you're ready to invite your teammates.
They'll simply select their working hours, the days they like to get move and & health reminders, and the intensity level. And voila! They've got their very own customized anti-sedentary defense system.
But that's not all. Wakeout also learns from your team's engagement to figure out when's the best time to send reminders. It's like having a personal trainer who knows your schedule better than you do.
Reaping the Benefits
So, what can you expect when you start breaking up those sedentary periods? Well, aside from a whole lot of fun, you can also look forward to improved health, increased productivity, and a happier, more energized team.
According to a study by the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, even short bouts of light physical activity can improve mood, energy levels, and cognitive function. And let's not forget the potential long-term health benefits of reducing sedentarism.
The Benefits of Breaking Up Long Sedentary Work Periods Into Shorter Ones
In the world of HR, you're always on the lookout for ways to enhance employee well-being, productivity, and engagement. And guess what? The Wakeout approach to breaking sedentary habits delivers on all fronts. Let's dive into some of the benefits your team could enjoy with Wakeout for Teams.
1. Improved Health:
At its core, combating sedentarism is about promoting better health. Regular movement throughout the day can help prevent the host of health issues linked to prolonged sitting that we've already mentioned—obesity, diabetes, heart disease, certain cancers, and even early death. But it doesn't stop there. Regular light physical activity can also improve digestion, boost immunity, and enhance sleep quality. It's like having an all-natural health booster right at your fingertips!
2. Increased Productivity:
A study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health found that short, regular breaks for physical activity during work hours can boost productivity significantly. It's simple: When we move, we're energizing our bodies and minds, which means we can focus better and get more done.
3. Enhanced Mood and Lowered Stress:
A five-minute dance break or a quick stretch session can do wonders for your mood. Physical activity releases endorphins, the body's natural mood lifters. And less stress means happier employees and a more harmonious workplace.
4. Team Building:
When the entire team takes a movement break together, it can foster a sense of camaraderie and team spirit. Think about it: Who wouldn't bond over a shared laugh during a surprise dance-off?
5. Attracting and Retaining Talent:
In an era where employee wellness is more important than ever, having a program like Wakeout for Teams can make your organization stand out. It shows that you care about your employees' well-being and are willing to invest in innovative solutions to enhance it.
6. Better Engagement:
Wakeout's Smart AI Health Reminders are designed to be engaging. They're not just generic prompts, but tailored suggestions that consider the user's preferences and engagement. This personal touch can lead to better compliance and, ultimately, a more active and less sedentary team.
With Wakeout for Teams, the benefits extend far beyond just physical health. It's an investment in your team's overall well-being and productivity. And in the end, that's a win-win for everyone.
The dangers of too much sitting are real, but with Wakeout for Teams, combating sedentarism has never been easier (or more fun!). So why not give it a try? Your employees (and their health) will thank you.
Remember, every little bit of movement counts. As we like to say here at Wakeout, "Don't just sit there, do something!"
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