This is my first ever blog so I hope as with many new ventures it is a growing experience and one which helps me share Inspired Health and Fitness with Occupational Health Professionals, Human Resource Managers and employers who are looking for ways to integrate an active wellbeing programme into the work environment.
Inspired Health and Fitness started as a seed of thought in the very early hours of one morning; at the time I had no idea it would become a reality and business.
From this seed I arose early and started scoping out ideas into a working document. The working document was then shared with friends and experts who helped shape, develop and expand on the theme ‘the complete approach to health, fitness and wellbeing at work’. After many months of research and development ‘Inspired Health and Fitness’ is now ready to be launched.
The main concept is to provide healthy active breaks in the working environment.
We are aware that hand-outs, apps, DVDs and on-line exercises are only effective if adhered to. Without the encouragement from an experienced instructor and time allocated during the day, good intentions will slip and we will revert back to inactivity resulting in a slowdown in performance and posture related aches and pain.
There has been much research into the benefits of an active lifestyle and many companies have introduced health and wellbeing into work. The Times top 100 are the cream of Britain's motivated workforces “what they have in common is enlightened and forward-looking leaders investing in the wellbeing and motivation of their most valuable assets: their employees”.
The BHF National Centre recommend; Policy makers should support and encourage employers to take steps to minimise sedentary behaviours in employees, including regular breaks from sitting at a computer.
More information and research: http://www.inspiredhealthandfitness.co.uk/the-research-and-facts.html
Market research also revealed that one size would not fit all; therefore a suite of services have been developed.
These active breaks can be taught at any time during the working day to individuals or to groups. For some they are completed wearing normal work clothes and require no equipment. Hair, makeup and body temperature will remain the same therefore you will not need to shower, straighten/gel hair or reapply makeup after the session. The exercises are safe, inclusive and easy to follow. They can be taught at a set time for 10 minutes or as a rolling session where participants can drop in and leave at any time to fit in with their work schedule.
The Power Break is a short boost to rejuvenate and invigorate attendees for the rest of the day. This session includes mobility exercises, posture work with gentle stretching and breathing.
The Back Care Programme is a session with gentle mobility, stretching and core strength work to ease and support the back.
The Stress Buster Sometimes just a little down time, and time to be quiet and relax is required. This session with relaxing music and relaxation techniques allows you time to de-stress.
Supple Strength is a Yoga and Pilates inspired fitness session designed to build core strength, increase range of movement (flexibility), improve balance and give you a sense of wellbeing. This session is for 1 hour.
An experienced teacher will deliver face to face sessions in the workplace 121 or for groups of up to twelve people.
All instructors, therapists and trainers hold industry recognised qualifications, have public liability insurance and are registered with the relevant professional register.
Pauline Ward; has been working in the Fitness Industry teaching Health and Fitness classes for many years. During her career she worked for YMCA Fitness Industry Training, SLM Everyone Active, Nuffield Health, The Register of Exercise Professionals and SkillsActive, the Sector Skills Council for Active Leisure, Learning and Well-being.
Tim Jolly Events Manager at SkillsActive says:
“After a back injury that prevented me from exercising and sitting for more than 30 minutes at a time. Pauline’s energy, clear communication and her willingness to work with my physiotherapist to build an exercise plan was invaluable to my recovery. I would thoroughly recommend Pauline’s 121 sessions to those considering building strength and flexibility.” June 2014