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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. 

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!

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!
 

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!

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!

3 Ways Devices Drive Engagement

We’re incredibly excited to celebrate the launch of Movband 3 today! While we always focus on the power of our platform (which the Movband is a part of) to inspire groups to move more,  I thought it would be fitting to use today’s post to focus on the important role that the device plays in overall engagement. Read on to learn more about how devices can drive engagement, goal attainment and positive health outcomes.

1)     Visibility & Awareness
With a Movband on your wrist, you have immediate, real-time feedback about your daily activity (or inactivity!). The device serves as a visible reminder to yourself (and others!) to keep moving throughout the day. If you look down at your wrist and notice you’re a little short of your goal, your Movband can be the gentle nudge you need to get some moves in.

That same visibility can have a powerful effect on group dynamics too. When everyone is wearing a visible device, activity and wellness becomes part of the conversation, whether you're at home, school, or work. Awareness is the first step in changing behavior and it's even more powerful when done in a group setting. 

2)     The Fun Factor
At Movable, we’re all about having fun while getting healthier. We understand that making healthy changes is no easy feat, so we aim to make moving fun with colors (lots of them!) and competition. Many groups that we work with will use colored bands as rewards, which creates even more engagement with the product and group activity program.

Since your Movband can be connected to groups, your device also gives you a great opportunity to compete not only with yourself, but with coworkers, family, and friends! I enjoy facing off against my husband to see who has more moves every day (loser has to do the dishes!) and it’s fun to see how I stack up against others in Movable’s monthly challenges. But my inner competitor really comes out when I’m competing against coworkers! However you like to compete – against yourself or others, your Movband is there to make it fierce and fun!

3)    Accountability
As much as we love having fun, accountability is a huge part of achieving fitness goals and lifestyle changes. Whether you’re aiming for a personal best in daily moves or working to meet your challenge goal, your Movband gives you the accountability to measure yourself not only daily but also over time. Check on your trends to see if there’s a certain day of the week or time of the day that you tend to be inactive. As the old saying goes, knowing is half the battle! 

Speaking of accountability, we've seen that our office's activity plummets along with the temperature, so we've had pop-up challenges that reward employees with at least 12,000 moves when we get more than 1" of snow (which has happened a lot!). In fact, a bunch of us are going tubing next week to celebrate our success in the "Snow Way, We're Still Moving" Pop-Ups! 

How does your Movband help you stay engaged and reach your wellness goals? Let me know in the comments below – I’ll send a colored accessory band pack to our favorite comments!

-Kaitlin

Maintaining Motivation

Now that we’re a month into 2015, the surge of motivation you felt at the start of the new year may be waning. And with a good part of winter still ahead, you might be finding it tough to stay committed to your fitness goals.

That’s ok – in fact, according to a study by researchers at Penn State, it’s normal! Motivation levels fluctuate, and even competitive athletes like me find it hard to exercise sometimes. Luckily, we’ve got some tips for you to help maintain your motivation to move throughout the winter months!

 

Play a game

Research finds that people are more motivated to move through sports or games (such as basketball, tennis, etc) than through traditional forms of exercise like running or aerobics. So you have our permission to take a break from the treadmill (or as I fondly refer to it, the dreadmill!) and join an indoor soccer team or a softball league! If you’re moving in a way that’s fun, competitive, and enjoyable, you’re more likely to stick with it and make it a habit.

 

Team Up

It can be tough to push yourself on your own – when you’re accountable to just you, it’s easy to make up excuses and call it quits. But when our performance affects others, such as teammates in a group, we perform better and longer, according to research from Michigan State. In the study, female participants who exercised on a stationary bike with a virtual partner worked out significantly longer than those without partners. So to maintain your motivation to move, team up with an exercise buddy!

Ask your Group Admin if your group can compete against each other in a challenge with small teams. Or, set up a group of your own! Face off against a friend with our free Friends & Family Groups – simply click on the “Create a Group” link on the homepage of your Dashboard to get started (here’s a how-to) and let the competition and motivation flow!

 

Battle the boredom!

If winter weather prevents you from taking your workout outside, you may be stuck on the treadmill or stationary bike. I personally find myself bored out of my mind after a short time and my determination fades fast. Instead of enjoying my workout, I’m usually counting down the minutes til I’m done (or sometimes even cutting it short…). To make sure you stick with your exercise plan, battle gym boredom with a peppy new playlist, an audio book, or a podcast. Check out Spotify’s Workout playlists to keep you pumped up while you’re pumping iron, or tune in to Serial Podcast, guaranteed to keep you moving til the end of the episode!

 

Reward yourself

If you’ve been successful so far in maintaining your New Year’s intentions, give yourself a pat on the back and reward yourself for staying motivated! Rewards help reinforce positive behavior and can help keep you on track with your goals. Ultimately, your reward for moving more is better health, but a small extrinsic reward doesn’t hurt! So go ahead, upgrade to Spotify Premium or get that new workout top you’ve been eyeing – you’ve earned it! And if your track record in 2015 hasn’t been spot on, promise yourself a small reward in March if you stick to your February goals.

I’ve been wanting to splurge on this workout top… and to reward myself for sticking to my goals in January, I just might!

 

In your experience, what keeps you motivated when you feel like giving in? What strategies do you employ to keep yourself always moving forward? Let us know and we’ll reward you with 3 colored accessory bands of your choice!

Keep moving!
Kaitlin

 

#WHYIMOVE

With 2015 under way, I’ve been thinking a lot about setting goals and intentions for the new year. This year (and every year!) I want to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle. But let’s face it – just saying that this is my New Year’s Resolution isn’t enough to keep me motivated on cold winter days or when I’m stressed or overwhelmed. So, in the spirit of sticking to my goals, I’m connecting how I move to why I move. Instead of thinking about how I’m going to be active, I’m focusing on the why, letting it serve as the added motivation I need to keep moving. My why is my husband – I move for him, so that we can share a long, healthy life together!

By focusing less on the how and more on the why, you too can be more successful in maintaining your resolutions! Remembering the reasons why you move — for your family, for stress relief, for relaxation, etc — can help propel you to action (literally!). Read on to hear what keeps the Movable team moving.

 

 Blake, Founder and CEO
“I move to ensure my health, energy and focus is at its best so our team at Movable has what it needs. Plus, by moving more I can keep up with my four kids under 10!  My favorite way to move is playing with my kids – helping Jack at football, dancing with Sam & Valerie, and keeping up with our 2 year old Ben! My wife and I often challenge each other as well which helps keep activity at the forefront of our days.”

Christine, Customer Success
“I move because I love to cook and bake! Whether it’s making our family’s secret recipe for spaghetti sauce, or trying to recreate our favorite restaurant’s dish with my husband, I love making and trying new foods. I move so I can enjoy cooking, and stay healthy at the same time, with my family for many years to come.”

 

Maureen, Operations
“I love to move in lots of ways – on the treadmill, dancing, even baby aerobics! I move to stay healthy so I am able to keep up with my kids – if that’s even possible!”

 

Mike, Product + Strategy
“I move because I relish the feeling I have afterwards! One of my favorite ways to move is going on a brisk 30-minute jog. It’s enough time for me to get my heart racing, plus it’s a convenient way for me to catch up on some of the podcasts I listen to.”

 

Now that you’ve heard from us, we want to hear from you! Why do you move — what’s your motivation, and how does it help you stay committed to your intentions and goals? Share your why with us on social media (On Facebook or Twitter at @getMovband) with the hashtag #WhyIMove. Our favorite submissions will get a Winter Wristband Pack!

Wishing you a happy, healthy, inspired 2015!
Kaitlin

 

3 Ways to Get More (with Less!) from Your Wellness Program

Tis the season for open enrollment, the time of year when eligible employees have the option to join their company-sponsored health insurance plan and enroll in health insurance benefits. With healthcare costs on the rise, this time of year can be cause for stress and concern, but it doesn’t have to be! A wellness program is an excellent way to help keep healthcare costs in check and improve the health and well-being of your employees. And best of all, you don’t have to break the bank when implementing one! Read on for some ways to get more (with less!) from your wellness program.

1)   Just Take the First Step!
Starting a wellness program doesn’t have to be complicated. There are many ways to make health and wellness a priority at your company, school, or organization, but you don’t have to tackle them all at once. Take the first step by focusing on one aspect of wellness at a time. Many of our customers initially use Movable’s group activity program as their first step into wellness by helping their team understand their activity levels and where they can be more active during the day. Focus on engaging your team, setting and reaching achievable goals, and keeping things fun! Later, take a stab at nutrition, stress, or financial wellness. One step at a time, you’ll be making an important impact on your employees’ well-being.

2)   Use Wellness Funds
Many insurers support their clients’ wellness initiatives by providing wellness dollars. These funds are an allowance for companies to spend on wellness-related projects, from a physical activity program to treadmill desks for your team. Movable is an approved expense with most insurers, so if you’re looking to address rising healthcare costs, inquire with your insurer if you’re eligible for wellness funds. Your new program could pay for itself!

3)   Incentivize with Discounts on Healthcare
Rewards are important “carrots” to entice employees to participate in a wellness program, and some of the most motivating incentives are discounts on health insurance premiums or health savings accounts (HSA) contributions. In fact, a study by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) found that “organizations that found a positive ROI on their wellness dollars more often used incentives such as insurance premium reductions.” If you are seeking a return on your wellness investment, offering discounts on healthcare spends give you great bang for your buck — you’ll be incentivizing your team to prioritize their health while simultaneously reducing claims and curbing premium increases. Win win!

As you approach open enrollment, take the first step in tackling healthcare costs with Movable – we’re here to help you inspire movement while keeping wellness simple and engaging, so that you can get the MOST of our your wellness program!

 

Best Moves for Back To School

With the recent start of the school year, many of our schedules just got a whole lot busier. After a summer of much-needed time off (and time for your favorite outdoor activities!), teachers and school administrators are now back to jam-packed days. Luckily, we’ve got plenty of tips for our favorite educators to stay active throughout the school day – read on for our recs!

1) Free period fitness
If you have a free period during the school day, use this time to take a brief walking break. In between your classes, step outside for 20 minutes – getting moving by walking around campus can help clear your mind and get you refreshed and ready to teach your next class!

2) Brain breaks
Studies have consistently shown that physical activity is associated with improved academic achievement and cognitive skills in students, and that brain breaks — short, 5 minute activity breaks — not only get the blood flowing, but also get your brain re-engaged. If you and your students are feeling a little sluggish, try a quick brain break to wake everyone up and re-focus. 5 minutes of movement will leave you and your class energized and ready to learn, and will help you reach your daily movement goals! Check out our favorite brain breaks here: http://www.pinterest.com/parko/brain-break-activities/

3) Movement Mondays
After a fun weekend, heading back to work at the start of the week can be tough. Ease the transition into the workweek with Movement Mondays! Get a group of fellow teachers and staff together and head to your school’s track to walk for 30 minutes and share about your weekends. Whether it’s before school, at lunch, or after the school day ends, this social time and physical activity can help ensure your week gets off to a great start!

Hear what one of our past challenge participants had to say about her experience moving with her fellow teachers and staff:

“A group of my coworkers and I are all taking the Strength and Conditioning class that our school district is offering.  I think this has brought us closer and we are all very supportive during the class.  We also keep each other in check on attendance to the class.  It has been very positive with us.” – Paula G., Belton School District, Belton, MO

We want to hear your stories too! Have you participated in a faculty and staff Movable challenge at your school? Share your favorite ways to move with your fellow teachers and we’ll send a set of 3 accessory bands to our favorite 3 comments!

If you’re interested in starting a faculty wellness program at your school or district, contact Movable today at sales[at]movable.com.

Have a happy, healthy school year!
Kaitlin

Best Practices Spotlight: Motivating Your Group to Move More

This month we’re highlighting some of the unique ways our corporate customers motivate their employees to get moving. Learn about some of the most creative challenges we’ve seen and draw inspiration for your team’s next challenge! Read on to see some ways that companies get their employees moving more during the workday and beyond.

Go big or go home!
One of our favorite Buckeye State customers, United Bank Ohio, laid it all on the line to get their employees moving. United Bank followed Movable’s turnkey 12-week program, but added a fun twist with rewards: if employees met the challenge goal, their vice president, Scott Bennett, would shave his head! You better believe this incentive got the United Bank team moving! True to his word, when the group reached the goal, Scott shaved his head!

Step it up
We all know how important (and also expensive!) health insurance is. Who wouldn’t want to pay less for their healthcare? Employees at Ontario Systems, a software company based in Muncie, Indiana, had the opportunity to do just that, by stepping it up in a 10-week step challenge. Participants who successfully reached the challenge goal for 8 out of 10 weeks of the program earned contributions to their health savings accounts. An incentive like this, or a similar reduction to monthly health insurance premiums, is a great method to motivate your team. For your next challenge, take a page out of Ontario Systems’ book to increase your group’s activity.

Fun with subgroups
Brennan, Manna & Diamond added some extra action to their challenges by getting creative with their subgroups. Tapping into the highly competitive nature of the law firm’s employees, this group of lawyers teamed up to move and meet challenge goals together. In one particularly fun (and fierce!) challenge, employees were split into subgroups led by the firm’s partners, and the subgroup with the highest total miles came out on top! But the real winners here were all the employees who made a healthy lifestyle a priority.

How do YOU motivate movement? Whether you’re leading a team challenge at your company or school, or motivating yourself to hit your own goals, we want to hear your ideas! Share your tips with us using the hashtag #movemore Facebook or Twitter (don’t forget to tag us: @getmovband). If we use one of your tips, we’ll send you a FREE colored wristband of your choice!

We’re also giving you a great chance to put your tips into action with our August #MoveMore Challenge! We hope you’ll join us! (And if you’re motivated to kick off your next group challenge, drop me a line so I can help you get started!)

Thanks for moving with us,
Kaitlin