INTRODUCING BELLICON WORKPLACE:
Long hours in front of a computer, phone calls, and meetings account for most of our day at the (home) office, which involves an unnatural amount of sitting. The human body is just the same as it was 10,000 years ago when lunch meant charging meals with a spear instead of a credit card and isn’t designed for the inactivity of the modern workplace.
This is why sitting for hours at a desk is proven to reduce mental and physical vitality along with productivity. Our sedentary lifestyle also impacts our health, with effects that range from back problems and muscular disorders to much more serious issues like depression, diabetes, heart disease and stroke, all of which are on the rise.
The lethargy that a typical (home) office environment produces is easily reversed by adding the kind of activity that our mind and body need to thrive. Increased vitality improves every aspect of day-to-day operations, including productivity, and results in a healthier staff and less absences. The bellicon Workplace program is designed to improve occupational health in any office.
Over the last 50 years, our workdays have become increasingly sedentary. Adults now spend over 10 hours a day, over two-thirds of their waking hours, in front of a screen (A.C. Nielsen report, 2018.) This decline in daily activity has been shown to correlate directly with the dramatic rise in obesity, diabetes, heart diseases, several types of cancer and other illnesses.
According to the World Health Organization, physical inactivity has become the fourth leading cause of premature death for people worldwide.
“Sitting is like a disease. The goal is to avoid prolonged sitting and to add any kind of physical activity to your day.”
Dr. Edward Phillips, Harvard Medical School
"A lot of doctors think sitting is the new cancer"
Tim Cook, CEO of Apple
“Conclusive and overwhelming scientific evidence exists for physical inactivity as a primary and actual cause of most chronic diseases, [affecting] almost every cell, organ, and system in the body causing sedentary dysfunction and accelerated death.”
American Physiological Society
“The chair is out to kill us.”
Dr. James Levine, endocrinologist, from The Los Angeles Times
“Estimates are that some 300,000 deaths each year in the U. S. likely are the results of physical inactivity.”
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
“Those who sat for more than eight hours a day have a 15 percent greater risk of dying within three years than those who sat for fewer than four hours a day.”
Archives of Internal Medicine
STANDING DOESN’T HELP
Though standing may be a little better than sitting, standing can be a sedentary act, too, often involving no movement. And it’s the lack of movement that creates the negative health effects, whether you do it sitting or standing. And although standing rather than sitting does increase productivity, standing for long periods creates an entirely new set of problems, including fatigue, physical discomfort and a loss of overall mental sharpness.
MORE EXERCISE DOESN’T HELP
Even if you exercise regularly, it doesn’t counteract the damage done by hours of sitting. Just as eating vegetables is good for you, but it can’t undo the effects of smoking all day.
“Vigorous physical activity does not cancel out the impact of sedentary time. Even physically active people who spend a lot of their time being sedentary appear to have increased risk.”
American Heart Association
“Prolonged sitting is a risk factor for all-cause mortality, independent of physical activity.”
American Medical Association
In terms of the health benefits, there’s a huge difference between adding standing time to the workday and adding movement. A recent Australian study showed that replacing two hours of sitting with standing only improved blood sugar levels (2% lower) and
did little else, whereas including walking movements at a standing desk helped people to lose weight (11% lower BMI), trim up (7.5 cm smaller waist) and dramatically lower their blood sugar and cholesterol.[Eur Heart J. 2015 Oct 14]
“Exercise microbursts throughout the day can reduce fatigue and improve energy level and mood, while maintaining usual cognitive performance. Contrary to effects following a single continuous bout of activity, the effects of microbursts of activity were sustained throughout the day. [They] increase workers’ well-being and energy.”
International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (2016) 13:113
Lifts your spirits
Bouncing is a natural mood-enhancer. The increased blood flow, oxygen, and endorphins make you feel young again.
Helps you focus
Significantly improves mental abilities, boosts productivity and enhances creativity.
The gentle bouncing relieves muscle tension and soothes stress in your body and your mind.
The lift to your metabolism continues throughout the day, keeping you fresh, alert and preventing the “hibernation mode” that sitting creates.
Revitalizes your health
Fortifies your body from head to toe, particularly your heart, bones, vascular system and digestion.
Protects you from disease
Gentle g-forces dramatically increase lymphatic circulation, cleansing your body of toxins, viruses and bacteria.
Gets you fit
It’s the world’s most efficient fitness device. Whether you bounce a little for your health or a lot for peak athletic performance, the bellicon makes it easy to achieve your goals.
The bellicon provides the world’s most complete full-body exercise, but it’s also happens to be quiet, convenient and lightweight, making it the perfect choice for a work environment.
It’s more effective than treadmills, elliptical machines and stationary bikes for improving fitness and health, but it won’t disturb coworkers (or other members of your household) and can be set up or stowed away in seconds. With standing-desks, you don’t even have to leave your workstation to enjoy the benefits.
Just a few minutes throughout the day combats fatigue and stress, improves both your mind and your mood and counteracts the health problems produced by hours of sitting. It’s also ideal for anyone looking to build their fitness as well as their health, because bouncing on the bellicon burns fat and increases cardiovascular strength more efficiently than running.