Fitneff advocates that the human body is meant to move but often today’s office environment keeps employees sedentary. And prolonged sitting, which is a sedentary behaviour, actually decreases workplace productivity and even morale which comes at a high cost to employers. And so we strongly suggest rethinking work habits, and encourage companies to incorporate movement into the workday supporting for example, productivity, boosting mental agility and leading to great overall returns (Source1).
"The Health of your employee has a direct correlation to the health of your company. Is the cost of an unhealthy workplace affordable? The answer is no, it is not affordable".
Forbes: "Treadmill Desks Boost Productivity"
PLoS Ons: "Treadmill Workstations: The Effects of Walking while Working on Physical Activity and Work Performance"
Fast Company: "Everything Science knows about Standing Desks"
Science Direct: "A systematic review of standing and treadmill desks in the workplace"
Since Direct: "The delayed effect of treadmill desk usage on recall and attention"
Journal of Experimental Psychology: "Give your ideas some legs: The positive effect of walking on creative thinking."
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Today, on International Women’s Day, I have chosen to profile Laurel Walzak, the female co-founder of Fitneff Inc. Laurel has been successful in so many areas of her career - first as a trailblazer in the sports business industry, then as an entrepreneur and most recently as an Assistant Professor of Sports Media at Ryerson University.
Laurel also spends a great deal of her time and energy outside the office in efforts to advance the careers of young women who are making their start. I asked Laurel some important questions about the role of women in business, and the role that she plays in advocating for other women in her life.