We were born to move. Our bodies are designed to move. Yet, nowadays we are stationary most of the time. And there are major trade-offs to the modern man’s stationary lifestyle:
- Greater risk of developing metabolic disease
- Greater risk for coronary heart disease
- Anxiety and depression
- Higher levels of stress
- Increased risk of certain cancers
- Higher levels of chronic pain
- Yada, Yada, We’ve heard them all before!!!
And knowing about the problem is a great start. But at some point we have to do something about the problem and corporate wellness is a great place to start because we can affect a lot of people.
And the great news is:
Quality, pain free movement can counteract the negative effects of sedentary life.
That equals a more productive human being working at your company
Research has shown that quality, pain free movement can lead to:
- Increased emotional, physical, and mental health
- Lower stress levels
- Improved mood
- Increased learning function
- Self expression
- Communication and relationship building
- Enhanced Memory and cognition
- Reduced chronic pain levels
- And higher productivity levels
Having a workforce with these traits has obvious benefit to business outside of simple healthcare cost savings. If everyone was better equipped to handle the mental stressors of their day, more proficient at building relationships, always in a better mood, could communicate more effectively… Yada, yada, you get the picture.
Reducing or eliminating pain also has tremendous benefit (to learn more about eliminating pain through movement, check out this blog here!). When a human being has any amount of pain, whether we notice it consciously or not, subconscious focus is constantly directed towards dealing with that pain.
Eliminate pain and you instantaneously create a more focused, productive human being. Again, we get all the other great benefits of improved mood, reduced stress, better relationships…
We all know that guy who seems to be cranky at work all the time, wonder if he just has a proverbial thorn in his paw… or maybe his low back.
Reducing pain also seems to snowball into greater activity levels simply because its easier to be active when we are not hurting. Moving more then leads to reduced obesity, blood pressure, cholesterol, metabolic disease, heart disease, pretty much everything we listed as a negative at the beginning of this blog.
So the better we move, the less pain we feel and the more we move. And the more we move, the better our physical, mental, emotional health becomes which reduces our risk factors become. According to John Hopkins Medicine, this seems to be true even in the presence of other risk factors such as smoking, alcohol use, and poor diet.
So would your wellness program benefit from a movement coach? The answer is yes, if you would like:
- A positive impact on every other area of wellness and productivity
- Happy, productive people
- Saving healthcare costs from reduced pain medications and orthopedic injuries
- Less missed work time from pain and sick time (remember healthier people!)
- A good mood around the office
And one last benefit, we evolved as groups of humans moving together. There’s something about being a part of that group, that community. Get people moving together and watch that community blossom in your workplace.
Looking for more resources? Here are a couple I highly recommend:
- FunctionalMovement.com Gray Cook developed the FMS (Functional Movement System beginning with the Functional Movement Screen with which I am certified). FMS is truly a leader in the movement community.
- “Move Your DNA” by Katy Bowman. Great book discussing our modern man hustle.