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We all know that we're guilty of moving too little. We get up, get in the car, drive to the office, get back in the car and go back in bed. For many people this is a familiar daily pattern throughout the week.
We may walk a block or two during an overdue break, but in general our days are spent mostly sitting. We are somehow aware that we’d like to alternate more between sitting, standing and moving, but it is difficult to change our behavior. Do we even realize what the benefits could be?

Prompts that load on our computer screen intended to interrupt work in order to take a break can influence sitting and movement behavior in the long term. Taylor et al. (2016) compared a daily fitness program with a computer prompt intervention and finally a control condition. They found that computer prompts that alert workers to take a three-minute pause every hour compared to a control condition (natural breaks) are more effective in keeping BMI stable. Workers taking natural, unprompted breaks when they remembered displayed a significant increase in BMI. Behaviors outside work appeared to be influenced by the prompts too; TV watching time (min/week) decreased and there was also a significant drop in sitting behavior
on weekends. An explanation could be that the prompts make people aware of the added functional value of movement and thanks to the frequent repetition, standing up to moving becomes a habit.

Wellness and Creativity
In a series of experiments, Oppezzo and Schwartz (2014) of Stanford University investigated the creativity of test subjects. They had the test subjects sit, walk, or alternate
between sitting and walking. The number of new ideas that the test subjects came up with right afterwards varied per regime. When the test subjects remained sitting creativity was lowest, when they walked continuously or alternated between walking and sitting creativity was at its highest. Walking three minutes every hour increases creativity.

In addition to recovery, using certain tools and techniques also results in higher performance levels. Research has shown, for example, that employees work more quickly with a laptop if they use a standard-size laptop, an external mouse and an external keyboard (IJmker, 2016). In addition, "techniques" such as touch typing and using shortcut keys clearly yield better performance levels. For both the introduction of recovery breaks and the use of specific tools and techniques, the following applies; employees must know very clearly what they have to do to adapt their behavior and experience the positive effects. The use of tools is a low-threshold way to achieve improved results in the areas of productivity, well-being, creativity and health.

Our innovative solutions make sure that we are prompted to move more, work more efficiently, adopt good postures and alternate them throughout the day. BakkerElkhuizen encourage positive behavior change with our hardware, software, and a combination of both. SitStandCOACH is a scientifically proven software tool that effectively coaches computer users to work while alternating more between standing and sitting. Check out the free trial version.
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