Global Concerns to Health and the Need for the Flow of Movement
Across the globe, it is agreed by experts in the field of human performance enhancement, one of the biggest problems plaguing today’s organisations is something that is pervasive, invasive, and preventing people from achieving their personal and professional best. This has been referred too as the Human Energy Crisis.
The Human Energy Crisis is a result of ever-growing demands on an individual’s time, their physical inputs and outputs, all essentially stemming from an individual’s energy bank. In a world where we are expected to perform until we fall over into a disturbed nights rest, the pressure is not only daunting, it can be debilitating and often causing paralysis of being as one operates in a state of chronic unconsciousness or disengagement in the workplace and in one’s personal life. This pressure spiral to perform never dissipates; it often increases, as one can never get enough done. As such, when demand persistently exceeds capacity, negative consequences are inevitable to business, body, and home-life alike.
Of the many energy obstacles that are present in an individual, Infinite works to effectively eliminate these through empowering the individual with information and guidance. The most common reported and observed impacts that could be overcome with exercising 2,5 minutes a day, could include:
- Persistent fatigue
- Suboptimal physical performance
- Disengagement or lack of consciousness
- Low tolerance for stressful situations
- Low resiliency
- Loss of focus and mental clarity
- Nutritional deficits
In exercise physiology and sport science, there is a plethora of research that looks at the benefits of interval training on expanding capacity. The same has been said for business people, they can become more effective and efficient when they work in intervals.
A Harris Interactive survey of 1099 employees found that more than half of those surveyed stated that “if a 10-minute ‘recess’ break was initiated at their workplace every day, it would make them a healthier, happier and a more productive employee.
Research by Loehr, J. & Schwartz, T. has shown that when employees physically move at regular intervals throughout the day, as little as 1 to 2 minutes at a time, at least once every 30 minutes — they can “reset” themselves so that they feel less stressed and more energized, mentally focused, emotionally connected with others and engaged in their work, and more aligned with the organization’s mission.
According to Dr. James Levine, a world-renowned obesity specialist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, the mere act of getting up out of one’s chair is all it takes to break out of “hibernation mode”. Levine was highlighting the risk to the seriousness of our sedentary state, discussing how, even at the cellular state, our bodies begin slowing down when we are not moving. Activities such as walking to lunch, taking the stairs, and even tapping one’s toes can break down fat molecules at the cellular level, which raises metabolism. Just standing up can improve one’s ability to think; standing while working also improves posture and reduces aches and stiffness.
According to Groppel and Wiegand, if organizations want to improve individual and team performances, their employees should try getting up and moving on a regular basis. They further state that to build productivity, firms need to shift the paradigm of the corporate culture from one of endless energy-sapping and brain-draining inactivity during the day to one of frequent one to two minute intervals of energizing motion and brain recovery.
Their recommendation is that corporate leaders must create “organizations in motion.” In so doing, they can help to improve employee health and happiness as well as their company’s bottom line. The Mind Your Body Programme is a fun, fresh start to becoming an organisation in motion and while doing so work synergistically towards reducing losses in performance, absenteeism and on the up improve overall well-being of employees alike.