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Get Up, Get Unstuck

Long Bouts of Sitting or Standing Still Can

Reduce cognition and memory and impact individual and, therefore, team performance.

The Physical and Mental Effects of Sitting Have Been Shown to Negatively Affect Earnings and Cost

In 2016, the gross loss value caused by musculoskeletal diseases was $30.4 billion.

Physical inactivity as a whole was estimated to cost health-care systems $53.8 billion worldwide.

Sedentary Work & Lifestyles That Lack Movement Have Been Linked To

Chronic health problems and serious diseases, such as metabolic syndrome and breathing disorders.


Plus unhealthy body weight, blood pressure, glucose and insulin levels.

The Good News Is

PostureBreak can improve health⏤and maybe even wealth.

Short, Moderate Activity Improves Cognitive Function

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One study found frequent five minute low-intensity breaks of physical activity improved mood, cognition, and food cravings more than sitting uninterrupted  for six hours.

Short Breaks Can Reduce Fatigue Levels in Office Workers

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In one study, fatigue levels in office workers were reduced by incorporating just 3 minutes of low-intensity exercise in between long bouts of sitting.

Interrupting Sitting Can Improve Blood Sugar to Boost Overall Health

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In this graphic, researchers illustrated dashed lines to represent optimal blood sugar ranges. The study concluded breaking up prolonged sitting with intermittent low-intensity exercise is more likely to keep blood sugar in the optimal range.

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Interrupting sitting lowered blood glucose to improve overall health.

Study

Effect of Frequent Interruptions of Prolonged Sitting on Self-Perceived Levels of Energy, Mood, Food Cravings and Cognitive Function

Background

While physical activity has been shown to improve cognitive performance and well-being, office workers are essentially sedentary. We compared the effects of physical activity performed as (i) one bout in the morning or (ii) as microbouts spread out across the day to (iii) a day spent sitting, on mood and energy levels and cognitive function.

Method

In a randomized crossover trial, 30 sedentary adults completed each of three conditions: 6 h of uninterrupted sitting (SIT), SIT plus 30 min of moderate-intensity treadmill walking in the morning (ONE), and SIT plus six hourly 5-min microbouts of moderate-intensity treadmill walking (MICRO). Self-perceived energy, mood, and appetite were assessed with visual analog scales. Vigor and fatigue were assessed with the Profile of Mood State questionnaire. Cognitive function was measured using a flanker task and the Comprehensive Trail Making Test. Intervention effects were tested using linear mixed models.

Results

Both ONE and MICRO increased self-perceived energy and vigor compared to SIT (p < 0.05 for all). MICRO, but not ONE, improved mood, decreased levels of fatigue and reduced food cravings at the end of the day compared to SIT (p < 0.05 for all). Cognitive function was not significantly affected by condition.

Conclusion

In addition to the beneficial impact of physical activity on levels of energy and vigor, spreading out physical activity throughout the day improved mood, decreased feelings of fatigue and affected appetite. Introducing short bouts of activity during the workday of sedentary office workers is a promising approach to improve overall well-being at work without negatively impacting cognitive performance.

https://ijbnpa.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12966-016-0437-z

Study

The Effectiveness of a Neck and Shoulder Stretching Exercise Program Among Office Workers With Neck Pain: a Randomized Controlled Trial.

Objective

To determine the effectiveness of neck and shoulder stretching exercises for relief neck pain among office workers.

Participants

A total of 96 subjects with moderate-to-severe neck pain for 3 months in an outpatient setting.

Method

All participants received an informative brochure indicating the proper position and ergonomics to be applied during daily work. The treatment group received the additional instruction to perform neck and around shoulder stretching exercises two times/day, five days/week for four weeks.

Results

Both groups had comparable baseline data. All outcomes were improved significantly from baseline. When compared between groups, the magnitude of improvement was significantly greater in the treatment group than in the control group (-1.4; 95% CI: -2.2, -0.7 for visual analogue scale; -4.8; 95% CI: -9.3, -0.4 for Northwick Park Neck Pain Questionnaire; and 14.0; 95% CI: 7.1, 20.9 for physical dimension of the Short Form-36). Compared with the patients who performed exercises <3 times/week, those who exercised ⩾3 times/week yielded significantly greater improvement in neck function and physical dimension of quality of life scores (p = 0.005 and p = 0.018, respectively).

Conclusion

A regular stretching exercise program performed for four weeks can decrease neck and shoulder pain and improve neck function and quality of life for office workers who have chronic moderate-to-severe neck or shoulder pain.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25780258

Workplace Wellness Programs Have Been Shown to Decrease Employee Burnout

Just a few short breaks each day can help employees avoid crippling burnout

Did You Know?

The Main Cause of Employ Disability Days are Due To

Musckoskeletaal injuries including:

  • pain
  • stiffness
  • fatigue
  • decreased physical function