i2C trial Rise & Recharge App for Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute

Some of our team recently participated in a pilot program for a new app Rise & Recharge developed by Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute that aims to create a healthier balance between sitting and being active at work. You can see Melbourne Associate Shaun Daly reviewing the app here Shaun Daly – testimonial.

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Now the app has been launched, we encourage all organisations to get involved and we too hope that some of our team will incorporate the free app into their work day.

Some interesting facts for consideration:

According to research from Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, sitting down at work could be contributing to weight gain and increase our risk of developing serious diseases such as type 2 diabetes and cancer. Luckily, regular short bursts of movement reduces these risks and may also boost performance.

So how chair-aware is your organisation? Long periods of time spent sitting is bad for our health and bad for concentration, particularly since we often underestimate the number of hours we spend sitting in work everyday. Using the Rise & Recharge app you can monitor your time in the chair and achieve a healthier balance between sitting and being active at work.

Becoming a Chair Boss and leading by example is something we can all do to change the unhealthy workplace norm or prolonged sitting. If, like us, your organisation has a lot of employees who sit for long periods, use the Rise and Recharge campaign to encourage them to get up and move every 20–30 minutes for health and performance benefits.

We’re already experiencing the benefits of creating a work environment that supports people to find a healthier balance between sitting and staying active throughout the day. The Rise & Recharge campaign from Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute presents compelling reasons for developing the habit of getting up from our chairs regularly.

As more occupations in our sector call for long periods of sitting down, it’s crucial to encourage people to look for opportunities to get up and move at work. As well as reducing our risk of developing serious diseases, the performance benefits are considerable: better concentration, more energy, less fatigue.

No one would dispute the benefits of exercising regularly, but this typically happens outside the workplace, where we spend ever more time sitting. Research shows that regular exercise does not offset the negative health effects of prolonged sitting.

The Rise & Recharge campaign has plenty of suggestions to reduce the health risks of prolonged sitting and enjoy an energy boost by staying active at work.

Proof that we can’t separate body and mind at work: According to Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute’s Rise & Recharge campaign, sitting down for long periods slows the flow of oxygenated blood to the brain. So we reckon using the app to monitor time spent sitting and can allow us all to discover the benefits of getting up every 20–30 minutes to get the blood flowing.

Check it out here if you are interested and want to promote a healthier workplace Rise & Recharge.