Movable's Football Fans Challenge

September means back to school, the beginning of fall, and the start of football season! Here at Movable, we are Cleveland Browns fans... but no matter which team you root for, you can get in football season shape with us with this month's Football Fans Challenge. Join us for three short sprint challenges this month, and also look for special "Extra Point" Challenges throughout September. We'll share these exclusive challenge details on social media, so make sure you're following us on Facebook and Twitter

Sprint 1
Monday, September 7 to Friday, September 11
Goal: 8,000 moves/day average

Sprint 2
Monday, September 14 to Sunday, September 20
Goal: 9,000 moves/day

Sprint 3
Wednesday, September 23 to Wednesday, September 30
Goal: 10,000 moves/day

We'll select one lucky winner from each sprint challenge, who will receive a $50 gift certificate to the official NFL shop for some of your favorite team's gear!

Make sure to sync your device the day after the end of each sprint challenge to be eligible to win.

About Movable's Challenges

Each month we sponsor new challenges that anyone with a Movband or compatible 3rd party device can participate in! We hope you'll join us to stay motivated and have the chance to win fun prizes! 

How do I join?
Everyone in the "Movable's National Challenge" group can participate just by syncing your device regularly! If you are not already part of the group, just click on the "Join a Group" link in the bottom right corner of the Activity Dashboard. Type in the invite code NEWYOU and click "Join" - it's that easy! You can confirm that you successfully joined the group by visiting the "My Groups" tab and selecting "Movable's National Challenge" from the drop down menu.

Make a difference today

We know that moving more has a measurable impact on your health and well-being. When you promote physical activity at your company, you'll have happier, healthier employees. See how the Movable solution has made a difference in the lives of these program participants: 

"My risk factors are all lower and my energy level and work productivity have improved. Overall, my mental health is helped because moving makes me feel good. I’m sure I’m going to carry this on for the rest of my life.” – Pat, Kent, OH

 

"I lost 9 lbs in the challenge. It might not sound like a great deal, but for someone who has tried and tried, it was a big deal!" – Alice, Pittsburgh, PA

 

"The challenge got me back in the routine of daily exercise. I needed the little push and incentive to do it, and now I walk whenever I get the chance." – Susan, Bakersville, NC

 

“I’m back to thinking I’m in my early 40s, and I’m in my mid 50s right now. I feel younger, still not as young as I used to feel, but certainly not as old as I felt.” – Scott, Kent, OH

 

"I've lost 20 lbs, two pant sizes, one dress size and have started trying to eat healthier as well." – Peggy, Austin, TX

Beat the Heat - 5 Tips for Staying Active in Hot Weather

Summer might be winding down, but it doesn't mean the temperatures have dropped yet. We're still sweating it out in the heat and humidity - thank goodness for AC! With the sun beating down, you might be more inclined to lounge at the beach than go for a run - but with these five tips, you can beat the heat and keep moving!

1. Hydrate

Nothing kills summer workout goals like dehydration. Without adequate fluids, you'll feel sluggish and lethargic (and working out will be the last thing you want to do). To ensure that dehydration doesn't derail your fitness plan, make sure that you're drinking water throughout the day, and hydrating extra before and after a sweaty workout, to replace lost fluid. Keep a water bottle at your desk at work and bring some fluid along when running or walking (we're fans of this hydration belt). 

2. Get Proper Gear

The summer sun guarantees you'll break a sweat, and it's no fun being stuck in sweaty clothes. Invest in the proper gear to make your workout more pleasant (and less sweaty!). Avoid cotton, as it retains moisture, and look for lightweight gear that is made of a polyester blend. This fabric will wick away sweat and help keep you dry. A hat is another important must-have, keeping the sun off your face and shielding you from radiant heat. Outfitted with the right gear, you'll be ready to tackle any workout, no matter the temperature!

3. Slather on the Sunscreen!

Sunburns are not only bad for skin health, but they also impair your body's ability to cool itself. To avoid overheating (and risks of skin cancer!), make sure to wear sunscreen whenever you're outside. Try sport sunscreen if you have a hard workout planned and know you'll be breaking a sweat!

4. Be an Early Bird

Set your alarm clock early to beat the heat and get your workout in before it warms up. The afternoon is typically the hottest time of the day, and it may not cool down in the evening, so your best bet for a workout in cooler temps is in the morning before work. The early bird gets the worm, plus the added bonus of having your workout out of the way!

5. Head Indoors

Some days you have to concede to the weather and take your workout indoors - when there's a heat advisory, it's best not to take any risks exercising outside. Thankfully, you can still stay active with an indoor workout. Enjoy the AC with a treadmill run or elliptical workout, or swap your typical outdoor walk for laps around an air-conditioned indoor track. 

Movable's Athletic August Challenge

Another month, another challenge! In August, we're challenging you to average 10,000 steps/day all month long. The name of the game is consistency - to win this month, you'll need to stay active each and every day.

On five random days in August, we'll take a look at your activity from the previous day - if you'd hit 10,000 steps and met the goal the day before (and synced your device!), you'll be entered in the raffle to win a $25 gift card to Whole Foods! We won't be announcing the days in advance, but we *might* be giving hints on social media - so be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to increase your chances of winning.

Timeframe: Wednesday, August 5 - Monday, August 31
Goal: 10,000 steps/day
Rewards: 5 lucky participants will win a $25 gift card to Whole Foods

Make sure to sync your device regularly throughout August to be eligible to win.

About Movable's Challenges

Each month we sponsor new challenges that anyone with a Movband or compatible 3rd party device can participate in! We hope you'll join us to stay motivated and have the chance to win fun prizes! 

How do I join?
Everyone in the "Movable's National Challenge" group can participate just by syncing your device regularly! If you are not already part of the group, just click on the "Join a Group" link in the bottom right corner of the Activity Dashboard. Type in the invite code NEWYOU and click "Join" - it's that easy! You can confirm that you successfully joined the group by visiting the "My Groups" tab and selecting "Movable's National Challenge" from the drop down menu.

The Power of Group Dynamics

Great things can happen when you tap into the power of group dynamics. Discover why group activity programs help promote wellness and empower employees to reach their health goals.
 

Social support
It's easier to achieve your personal health goals in a supportive environment, and your workplace provides just that. In group activity programs, the social aspect is key - coworkers provide vital support and encouragement to each other in the quest for better health.

More accountable, together
Group dynamics provide accountability - you don't want to be the one who lets the group down! Studies found that people exercise more when their performance affects the group - you work out longer when your activity is tied to another person.

Part of something bigger
In a group, you're part of something larger than just you. Undertaking the goal of improving your health can seem daunting, especially on your own - but tackling a challenge as part of a team can make an intimidating goal feel more achievable.

Two is better than one!
Research shows that you can run farther when you have a partner pushing you. Studies found that participants who had social support during exercise jogged more than those who didn't - so buddy up with a coworker as you tackle your wellness goals for better results. 


Ready to leverage the power of group dynamics? Join us for a 30-minute webinar to discover how Movable can get your employees moving more, together!

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Sources:
Aerobic exercise is promoted when individual performance affects the group: a test of the Kohler motivation gain effect. Irwin et al 2012.
The effectiveness of interventions to increase physical activity. A systematic review. Kahn et al 2002.

Low-Cost Strategies for Increasing Exercise Behavior. King et al 1984.

5 Ways to Create Healthier Employees in the Next 30 Days

Learn how simple it can be to improve the health of your workplace in just one month.

1. Take the first step
Choose ONE new thing to implement – such as a walking program or a healthy eating educational series – and you're out of the gates with a new wellness initiative! (Bonus points if you make it inclusive so the entire company can participate!).

 

2. Make it fun!
Getting healthier doesn't have to be all work and no play. Keep the focus on FUN to ensure that wellness is something your employees look forward to. Kick off your new programs with a healthy company lunch to get your team excited.
 

 

3. Create awareness
Give your employees basic awareness of how to create a healthy lifestyle. Planning a daily lunchtime walk for employees or switching up the options in the vending machine with healthy snacks are simple ways to start.

 

4. Add meaning
Make your wellness initiative meaningful through a collective purpose. Set a team goal, such as having 20 employees run a charity 5k this month, to give your group something to strive for, together!

 

5. Celebrate!
As the wellness lead at your company, make sure you take a moment to acknowledge the success of your program and thank your employees for contributing to a healthier workplace. It will make them – and you – feel great!

 

Ready to take the next step toward a healthier workforce? Join us for a 30-minute webinar to discover how Movable can get your employees moving more, together!

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5 Ways to Stay Active While Traveling

Summer is in full swing and the Movable team is traveling far and wide, from Florida to Mt. Kilimanjaro! This time of year, we hope you have the opportunity to take a summer getaway and use some vacation days too. 

While we love our time off as much as the next person, we know vacations can make it challenging to reach your daily activity goals. Whether you’re traveling to a fun summer destination or on a work trip, we’ve got some tips and tricks to keep you moving while you’re on the go!

1. Be a Local Explorer

There’s no better way to explore a new place than on foot! Infuse activity into your visit by walking through local historic districts, jogging around famous landmarks, or renting a bike and pedaling your way to museums and restaurants. 

Need advice on where to go? If you’re traveling to a new city and don’t know the area, ask your hotel concierge for scenic (and safe!) spots to get your move on. Another source of tips for travelers is Localeikki. With crowd-sourced tips for places to move, users can find and share their favorite spots to run, walk, hike, and bike while on the road. 

2. Airport Athlete

Long layover? Airports are getting on board with wellness and offering fitness facilities for travelers. San Francisco International Airport boasts a yoga room, while the Detroit Metro Airport offers gym access at the Westin Detroit Airport Hotel, so you can work out without even leaving the terminal! For a free workout, stretch your legs and take a few laps around the terminal.

3. Healthy at the Hotel

When planning a trip for work or pleasure, make sure to inquire about hotel amenities before booking your reservation. Sometimes crazy itineraries make it impossible to move outside and explore, so try to stay at hotels that have gym facilities, so that you can hop on the treadmill or elliptical after a long day of flights or meetings. 

4. Trial Period

If your hotel doesn’t offer gym amenities, check out local gyms near where you are staying. Many national chains offer 1-week free trials (Anytime Fitness, Bally Total Fitness, and 24 Hour Fitness do, to name a few), so take advantage of the trial period to keep your moves up while you're on the go.

5. Gym-Free Workout

No time to hit the gym? No worries – you can get your moves (and heart rate) up without ever leaving your hotel room! If you have room in your luggage, pack a jump rope to use for some quick cardio; or if you’re a chronic over-packer, try these equipment-free exercises that you can do right in your hotel room.

What are your favorite ways to stay active while traveling? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter!

Happy Summer!

Happy Birthday, America Challenge

It's America's birthday, so we're celebrating - all month long, in fact! Get in the 4th of July spirit with us by moving 4 miles a day for your chance to win some outdoor gear from REI.

Timeframe: Saturday, July 4 - Friday, July 31
Goal: 4 miles/day, 112 miles total
Rewards: Everyone who successfully reaches the 112 mile goal will be entered in a raffle to win one of eight $25 gift cards to REI!

Make sure to sync your device by Monday, August 3 for your chance to win!

Move More Together, with ANY Wearable!

We recently launched an exciting update to our platform - Bring Your Own Wearable (BYOW)! You can now connect 40 different wearable devices to the Movable Dashboard, making it easier than ever to engage your company, school, or patient population and get them moving more.

According to a report by Pricewaterhouse Coopers, 21% of American adults already own a wearable of some kind. If you're part of that 21%, you can now wear your connected device in a Movable Challenge!  (Group Admins can turn on the BYOW feature for their group for free...just email info@movable.com for assistance.)

Now that you can use other wearables with our platform, it's time to get more of your group involved in challenges. We know that social dynamics play a significant role in motivating people to move: 75% of our challenge participants say that the social aspect of the challenge - undertaking a goal as a group - inspired them to move. With Bring Your Own Wearable, our goal is to unlock the power of group dynamics by getting everyone in your school, company, or practice moving more together. Try these tips to get more of your group engaged in your wellness challenges:

  • A personal invitation
    • Encourage your current participants to invite their coworkers and colleagues to join them in the challenge. A personal invite goes a long way - it says "I care about your well-being and want you to join me in my journey to move more." The invitation might be just the nudge or encouragement your fellow employee needs to take the next step toward better health!
  • Wellness Champions
    • Appoint Wellness Champions in your group to help spread the word about your challenges. These ambassadors don't have to be your top movers, they just need to be passionate about physical activity and your group's health & wellness goals! Nominate a small group from your team to serve as Wellness Champions and help promote and grow your program. Be sure to recognize them for their efforts with a small token of appreciation, such as a gift card to your local grocery store for some healthy eats.

No matter what device you're tracking with, the daily recommended level of activity for healthy adults remains the same: 10,000 steps a day, which is equivalent to 12,000 moves or 5 miles. Grab your favorite device, grab a friend, and get moving together!

 

To add BYOW to your group for FREE, simply email us at info@movable.com!
 

Movable's Summer Solstice Challenge

The sun is out and summer's in full swing, which means it's the perfect time of year to get outside and get moving! The Summer Solstice, the longest day of year, is on June 21, and we're challenging you to take advantage of the extra daylight to maximize your miles!

You have 2 challenges (and 2 chances to win!) this month:

June Challenge

Timeframe: Monday, June 1 - Saturday, June 20
Goal: 100 miles (average 5 miles/day)
Rewards: Everyone who successfully reaches the 100 mile goal will be entered in a raffle to win one of five $20 gift cards to Starbucks (for some iced coffee to keep you energized and moving!)

Summer Solstice Challenge

We've got an aggressive goal for you for the longest day of the year! And with a big goal comes a big reward - this is a challenge you won't want to miss!

Timeframe: Sunday, June 21 (1 day only!)
Goal: 21,000 moves
Rewards: Everyone who successfully reaches the 21,000 moves goal will be entered in a raffle to win a $100 gift card to Southwest for a summer vacation getaway!

Make sure to sync your device by Monday, June 22 for your chance to win in both challenges!

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About Movable's Challenges
Each month we sponsor new challenges that anyone with a Movband can participate in! We hope you'll join us to stay motivated and have the chance to win fun prizes! 

How do I join?
Everyone in the "Movable's National Challenge" group can participate just by syncing your Movband regularly! If you are not already part of the group, just click on the "Join a Group" link in the bottom right corner of the Activity Dashboard. Type in the invite code NEWYOU and click "Join" - it's that easy! You can confirm that you successfully joined the group by visiting the "My Groups" tab and selecting "Movable's National Challenge" from the drop down menu.

Sizzlin' Summer Challenges for Your Group

Step up your game!

The temperature is on the rise, and your moves should be too! Beat the heat and step it up with Sizzlin’ Summer Challenges guaranteed to get your group moving!

Schools Out Sprint – June 15-July 3

The last bell has rung and school is out! Sprint into the summer season with this mini challenge to get your summer vacation off to a healthy start. Set a goal of 200,000 moves (~10,500 moves a day) during this 19-day challenge, and reward everyone who reaches the cumulative goal with a water bottle to stay hydrated all summer long.

Active America – July 4-31

Celebrate 4th of July all month long in this 4-week Active America Challenge. Move 4 miles a day through the end of July (112 miles total) and reward participants who reach the goal with fun & festive red, white, and blue colored accessory bands!

Better Your Best – August 1-28

In this challenge, it's time to set a goal and then better your best! For the first 2 weeks in August (8/1-8/14), set a minimum average daily move goal for your group (we recommend at least 8,000 moves a day). Then in the next 2 weeks (8/15-8/28), challenge your participants to step it up and go for a personal best! Improve your average daily moves from the first half of August and see how high you can go! Reward each participant who has a higher daily average in the second half of August with a "Well Day" of PTO time to enjoy the end of summer!

Labor Day Last Dash – September 1-7

Summer's almost over but there's still time for 1 final challenge! Finish out the season with a last dash to Labor Day in this 1-week challenge. Aim for 10,000 steps a day (70,000 steps total) to end the summer on a high note! Give every participant who reaches the goal an entry into a raffle to win a gift card to a local healthy restaurant.

Movable Expands with “Bring Your Own Wearable” Capabilities

Movable Expands with “Bring Your Own Wearable” Capabilities
Company selects Validic digital health platform to access wearable devices

Cleveland, OH – May 12, 2015 – Movable announced today that they are expanding their platform's reach with the ability to connect to over 175 devices, healthcare applications and wearables. The company is leveraging Validic's industry leading digital health platform to power its access to data from the most popular and innovative mobile health technologies.

Movable’s three-part platform includes a wearable device, an engaging front-end Dashboard, and back-end Admin Center, which enables outcomes-driven activity programs in group settings such as companies, schools, and hospitals. The company widely distributes its own low-cost Movband devices to help participants gain basic awareness of their activity levels. While the demand for its devices has increased seven-fold in the last few years, Movable is opening its platform to include most connected wearables, including devices from Garmin, Jawbone and Fitbit. According to PwC’s 2014 report, The Wearable Future, 21% of Americans already own a wearable device.

“We’re excited to partner with Movable, allowing Garmin users to access the Movable platform to track their activity,” said Allison Swelin, head of Garmin’s strategic partnerships. “Designed for 24/7 wear, our line of activity trackers are purpose-built to motivate and help users develop lifelong healthy habits.”

Validic, the leader in digital health data connectivity, worked with Movable to provide access to the device data.

“We are excited to have Movable as both an integration and client of Validic,” said Validic CEO Ryan Beckland. “They have a unique strategy that offers employee and patient engagement programs focused on driving positive health outcomes through motivating group movement.”

Movable currently reports average engagement rates at 70% – high by industry standards – and expects that opening its platform to additional devices will continue to increase not only engagement, but also collected data and outcomes. The company anticipates that their multi-device capabilities will drive demand from new clients as well as its 900 current clients and strategic partners including Cigna, OhioHealth, and Wells Fargo.

"This holistic way to engage users and collect data through our platform broadens our reach,” said Movable’s CEO, Blake Squires. “We see the future as using our activity and program data to better inform interventions - whether simple wellness or complex disease management. We are actively partnering with companies on both the wellness and clinical side to drive this value."

 

About Movable:
Movable improves personal well-being by inspiring movement in groups. Movable’s three-part platform motivates participants to move more, leading to healthier and happier students, employees, and patients. Learn more at www.movable.com.

About Validic:
Validic is the healthcare industry's leading cloud-based, digital health platform for convenient and quick access to patient data from in-home clinical devices, wearables and patient healthcare applications. By connecting its growing base of customers — that includes providers, pharmaceutical companies, payers, wellness companies and health IT vendors — to the continuously expanding list of digital health technologies, Validic enables healthcare companies to better coordinate care across their communities, improve their patient engagement strategies and more efficiently manage their patient populations. Validic's innovative, scalable and FDA Class I MDDS technology delivers actionable, standardized and HIPAA-compliant consumer health data from the best in-class mobile health devices and applications. Validic’s leading global mobile health ecosystem reaches over 160 million lives and continues to grow daily. To learn more about Validic, follow Validic on Twitter at @validic or visit www.validic.com.

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Movable's "Cinco de Mile" Challenge

At Movable, we're always down for a fiesta. And what better way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than with our annual "Cinco de Mile" Challenge! Every year in May, we fiesta all month long by moving 5 miles a day (the daily recommended level of activity for healthy adults). Join the party for your chance to win a Chipotle gift card!

Here's your challenge:
Timeframe: Tuesday, May 5 - Sunday, May 31, 2015
Goal: 5 miles a day, 135 miles total
Rewards: Everyone who hits the 135 mile goal will be entered into a raffle to earn 1 of 20 $10 Chipotle gift cards!

Sync your Movband by Monday, June 1 to make sure your miles are counted.

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About Movable's Challenges
Each month we sponsor new challenges that anyone with a Movband can participate in! We hope you'll join us to stay motivated and have the chance to win fun prizes! 

How do I join?
Everyone in the "Movable's National Challenge" group can participate just by syncing your Movband regularly! If you are not already part of the group, just click on the "Join a Group" link in the bottom right corner of the Activity Dashboard. Type in the invite code NEWYOU and click "Join" - it's that easy! You can confirm that you successfully joined the group by visiting the "My Groups" tab and selecting "Movable's National Challenge" from the drop down menu.

3 Reasons to Move More for Better Health

Spring is in the air and the days are getting longer - with more daylight hours, it's the perfect time to recreate outside! Unfortunately, we're not all taking advantage of the spring sun: a recent survey by the Physical Activity Council found that 83 million Americans were "totally sedentary" last year, the highest level of inactivity since 2007. Yikes! For our health and well-being, we need to change this and get moving! 

If you need some prodding, you're in luck, as recent research tells us that there are more reasons than ever to not be lazy during our leisure time. Here's why we're lacing up our sneakers and MOVING! 

You'll Live Longer

A recent article in JAMA Internal Medicine (the Journal of the American Medical Association) found that adults exercising during their leisure time live longer and have a reduced risk of premature death. Specifically, those who met the daily recommended level of physical activity for healthy adults (150 minutes a week, or ~12,000 moves/day) reduced their risk of death by 31%! Not meeting the activity recommendations yet? That's ok - you still have a 20% reduced risk compared to someone who is sedentary. For those super-movers out there (those moving 3-5 times the recommended level of activity), the study found no harm in extensive exercise, and a 39% reduction in risk. Long story short, move more, even just a little, for a longer life! 

A Sharp Mind

Who doesn't want to go toe-to-toe with their grandchildren in a board game? You can, simply by staying active. In older adults, higher levels of physical activity have been associated with better cognitive function - meaning that you can stay whip-smart into your 70's and 80's by making sure you're not sedentary. In a 2004 study in JAMA, older women who walked more performed better than inactive women on tests for cognition, memory, and attention. So, seniors, don't retire your walking shoes! 

Your knees will thank you!

A recent study published in the American Journal of Public Health found that adults suffering from knee arthritis experienced less decline in function when they were less sedentary. You might expect the opposite to be true, but in fact the study showed that staying active related to better physical function.

“People control their pain by doing less physical activity. But being more active can delay the functional decline that accompanies aging. Any activity is better than being sedentary.” Dr. Jungwha Lee, a lead author of the study, told the New York Times. Sounds like all the evidence we need to move more!

The research is clear that we should keep moving - and we want to know, why are you staying active? Share your story with us on social media for a chance to win a new Movband 3!

Movable Leads the Way in Group Movement and Related Data

Movable Leads the Way in Group Movement and Related Data
NE Ohio company doubles year-over-year, recruits key talent to executive team, and prepares to ship new product next month

Cleveland, OH – April 27, 2015 – Movable, a Northeast Ohio company leading the way in motivating group movement, announced today that its newest device, Movand 3, is shipping in May. This comes on the heels of unprecedented revenue growth and key additions to the company’s management team.

The company’s three-part platform, including Movband devices, an engaging front-end Dashboard, and a powerful back-end Admin Center, helps groups of people become healthier by inspiring them to move more. Movable recently announced enhancements to its platform, including SMS communications and a more robust Admin Center with additional analytics. Priced for groups, Movband 3 is already in high demand with Movable’s clients because of features including wireless syncing, companion iOS and Android apps, and on-screen reminders and goal progression.

“By focusing on groups we’re able to reach the 80% of people who are inactive and help them understand the connection between physical activity and living a healthier, happier life,” said Movable’s Founder and CEO, Blake Squires. “We have been accumulating activity and other related data since our inception in 2011 and leverage it to help our clients design effective programs that produce their desired outcomes. Movband 3 will help accelerate our impact by giving us more data, faster, to help us design the most effective and engaging programs.”

Movable reported its most successful year in 2014, doubling its revenues. Movable’s group focus began with schools on a mission to get children healthier, and expanded to corporate wellness, its fastest growing segment, and healthcare at the end of last year.

Helping to accelerate business growth are three key additions to the management team including Adam Hutcheson as CTO, Jeff Scott as CFO, and Mike Belsito to lead product development and strategy. Adam and Mike join the company with past start-up successes at Explorys, Mongoose Metrics, Findaway World, and Veritix. Jeff joins Movable from KeyBank, having served in several strategic leadership roles.

About Movable:

Movable improves personal well-being by inspiring movement in groups. Movable’s three-part platform motivates participants to move more, leading to healthier and happier students, employees, and patients. Learn more at www.movable.com.

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The Power of Pop-Up Challenges

Pop-Up Challenges are a key component of Movable's programs. These mini challenges are short sprints interspersed throughout a longer challenge and serve to boost engagement and keep the focus on having FUN while moving more. Whether your Pop-Up Challenge is a single day, such as a Valentine's Day Velocity Challenge, or a week-long sprint, such as a "Sprint into Spring" Challenge, Pop-Ups are guaranteed to keep your group focused, engaged, and on track to reach their health and wellness goals!

Anatomy of a Pop-Up Challenge

Pop Up Challenges employ elements of the Fogg Behavior Model, developed by Stanford scientist and behavior change scholar BJ Fogg. According to Fogg, for a behavior to occur, three elements must converge at the same time: Motivation, Ability, and a Trigger. Let's take a look at the Behavior Model with a behavior we want to promote with Pop-Up Challenges, such as getting exercise during the busy work week.

Because of the short duration of Pop-Up Challenges, the Ability to take part in them is easy -- mini challenges don't take a big time commitment, so there are few barriers to participate. The Pop-Up Challenge also acts as the Trigger to the behavior you desire. The announcement of the challenge serves as the extra prompt your group might need. It's the call to action (literally!) to motivate the behavior - the mid-week workout - that you desire.
*Note that for sustained behavior change and habit formation, we recommend longer challenges (9+ weeks), but Pop-Ups are engaging extras to add in throughout the longer program. 

Reverse Pop-Ups

Reverse Pop-Up Challenges are like the pop quizzes we used to do in school - they're unexpected. While I always dreaded these surprise exams, they served their purpose of getting me to study and complete my assignments on time. Similarly, a Reverse Pop-Up Challenge can help hold your group accountable to their activity goals. Here's how to implement a Reverse Pop-Up:

  • At the beginning of your program, let your group know that there will periodically be Reverse Pop-Up Challenges, where you will look at the previous day's activity. Knowing these Reverse Pop-Ups are coming will keep your group accountable throughout your program!
  • Select a day, and then run a report for the prior day's moves; see who hit 12,000 moves.
  • Enter those participants in a raffle, rewarding them for successfully reaching the recommended level of activity for healthy adults!

Pop-Up Pro Tips

  • Use Mileage Rewards to recognize those who successfully reach a Pop-Up Challenge goal. Low-cost and highly visible, these are a great way to reward employees.
  • Plan a Pop-Up at a time when your employees might need a little extra motivation to move, such as when the weather is bad, or mid-week when life can get overwhelming and stressful... The Pop-Up will be the nudge they need to get out the door to move! 

  • Check out seasonal Pop-Up Challenge templates and ideas here!

Movable's Active April Challenges

Wednesday, April 1 is National Walking Day, so what better way to kick off an Active April than with a Pop-Up Challenge! On April 1, move with us as we aim for 8,000 moves.

National Walking Day is just our first Pop-Up Challenge -- all month long, we're hosting mini challenges with increasing goals meant to get you moving more! Like a pop quiz, these Pop-Up Challenges will be a surprise, so check your Dashboard regularly to stay up-to-date on the next mini challenge. Better yet, update your communication preferences to now receive text notifications(!!) from us as we announce new challenges. You can update your communication preferences here.

One lucky winner from each of our Pop-Up Challenges will win a $50 gift card to Dick's Sporting Goods, so lace up your sneakers and get ready to make it an active April!

*For your chance to win, make sure you sync your Movband within 48 hours of end of the Pop-Up Challenge to ensure that your moves are counted.

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About Movable's Challenges
Each month we sponsor new challenges that anyone with a Movband can participate in! We hope you'll join us to stay motivated and have the chance to win fun prizes! 

How do I join?
Everyone in the "Movable's National Challenge" group can participate just by syncing your Movband regularly! If you are not already part of the group, just click on the "Join a Group" link in the bottom right corner of the Activity Dashboard. Type in the invite code NEWYOU and click "Join" - it's that easy! You can confirm that you successfully joined the group by visiting the "My Groups" tab and selecting "Movable's National Challenge" from the drop down menu.

Movable Unveils Platform Enhancements and New Device

Movable Unveils Platform Enhancements and New Device
Launch of new product Movband 3, SMS Communications and Group Challenge Enhancements inspire groups to move more

Cleveland, OH – March 3, 2015 – Movable, the experts in motivating group movement, today announced three new enhancements, all designed to expand their platforms’ flexibility and keep groups more connected and engaged.

Movable’s new platform enhancements include:

· New Device: Movband 3, designed in partnership with global design and innovation firm IDEO, includes three new features to expand the versatility of the device including wireless syncing with a free app, a water resistant design, and wearable options including a wristband or hip clip; Movband 3 is available for pre-order beginning today

· SMS Communications: Participants in group programs can now opt to receive SMS updates to stay more connected with their group

· Robust Challenges: New challenge options are designed to increase engagement and drive positive health outcomes

“Our mission has always been to inspire people to move more, together,” said Movable’s Founder and CEO, Blake Squires. “These improvements to all three components of our platform are a big step forward in furthering our mission. By providing stakeholders closest to population health with a more flexible and robust platform, we’re empowering them to get their groups more active, perform better, and ultimately become healthier and happier.”

Movable’s three-part platform consists of a Movband device, an engaging front-end dashboard and a powerful back-end admin center. The platform is used in group settings to reach the 80% of Americans who are inactive and helps groups achieve lasting lifestyle changes, together.

The company has been growing since it’s founding over three years ago. To date Movable has deployed its platform in over 400 companies and 500 school districts throughout North America. Late last year the company began deploying its platform in healthcare settings.  Notable customers include American Greetings, Florida Virtual Schools, and OhioHealth. 


About Movable:
Movable improves personal well-being by inspiring movement in groups. Movable’s three-part platform motivates participants to move more, leading to healthier and happier students, employees, and patients. Learn more at www.movable.com

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