“An active mind cannot exist in an inactive body.”
– General George S. Patton
Factors of Poor Health
We understand there are many underlying factors that impact the health and productivity of a business and its workers.
The strain of being squeezed into pockets of space on public transport, combined with sedentary lifestyles, long hours, busy and often stressful days, consistent poor posture positions, a lack of nutrition, lack of quality sleep or personal/social time all impact on how we feel, both physically and mentally and can contribute to poor health.
It has become universally understood that there are many common factors that contribute to pain, injury or bad posture; sitting or standing badly for long periods throughout the working day, limited or repetitive movements can all lead to tight or weak muscles (often both), repetitive strains, imbalanced muscles and of course back pain.
There are lots of solutions on offer to protect the physical and mental health of the working age population, through the provision of support in the prevention of work related illnesses and injury.
Corporations have a responsibility to promote the knowledge, awareness and advancement of occupational health in the work place.
Corporate Wellness Programmes
Corporate Wellness Programmes are designed to nurture the health and wellness of workers, regardless of the work environment.
Corporate contributions to employee health has evolved from offering exercise equipment on site for staff members to utilize, to offering Pilates and Yoga classes, healthy choices in the cafeteria and even having available on-site physiotherapists, coaches or occupational therapists to talk to about healthcare needs.
None of these things are a substitute for routine medical checkups, but corporate wellness programmes are designed to make medical treatment and medication for employees less needed.
An Investment – Personal and Professional
Corporate wellness is among the most vital investments that a company can make. Businesses that start corporate wellness programmes aren’t only investing in the physical wellness and mental health of their employees, but are also taking preventive measures by creating a healthier and happier environment.
Often, corporations are concerned about the actual wellness ROI (return on investment), which is understandable. The simple fact is; by investing in employees’ health and encouraging healthier lifestyles, corporations create healthier employees who will work more diligently, often be less stressed and most importantly, limit the amount of time-off or sick days employees take due to stress or posture related injuries and symptoms.
Looking after your posture at work
A majority of posture problems stem from poor or limited positions, or small repetitive movements. Regularly changing your position is very useful to help relieve compression on your spine and keep your back and hips mobile. It is advised to take regular short breaks to stand, walk or stretch.
You will see that your spine is ‘S’ shaped and it is important to keep these natural curves of your back when sitting, see our blog Understanding Posture for more details on this.
Good chairs follow these natural curves of the back, therefore having a chair and desk station that is correctly set up to support this is essential. All backs are different lengths and have a varying degree of natural curves, so what is right for your fellow colleagues may not suit you. Good chairs should also be adjustable to ensure you can set them up for your needs.
How Pilates can help
One of the fundamental Pilates Principles is about learning to understand, feel and strengthen the neutral positions of the spine (see Lower back and hip alignment).
This understanding of postural alignment, combined with exercises to strengthen deep core muscles that support your back and flexibility exercises that relieve tightness and tension of the hips, shoulders and upper back, make Pilates a perfect choice of exercise to combat poor posture.
Our Workplace Pilates Programme
By starting a Workplace Pilates Programme, corporations are able to improve the overall posture, core support, tension release and productivity of workers.
Our Workplace Pilates Programme offers weekly Pilates workouts (often between 45-60 minutes per session), specifically targeting and strengthening core muscle groups, tackling the effects of poor posture, releasing tense muscles and improving flexibility.
Although Pilates is a physical method, it requires a good amount of mental focus, helping to promote positive awareness of the body and mind. A weekly dose of Pilates at work will restore vitality, improve concentration and can help treat symptoms of neck, shoulder and lower back pain.
Benefits of a Workplace Pilates Programme
• Healthier more mobile body
• Stronger core muscles to support posture
• Release of muscular stress and tension
• Increased energy
• Better sleep
• More confidence and motivation
• Increased productivity
• Positive outlook
• Sustainable lifestyle change