What is The Most Dangerous Job?

By Tony Olejnicki | Creator of HiACHIEVR Program

According to the Safe Work Australia, the agriculture, forestry and fishing industries are the most dangerous working environments in Australia with 44 fatalities in 2016 out of total 218 work fatalities.

Considering over 3 millions of sedentary office workers in Australia, with 8 fatalities reported in 2016, the office job appears the safest job in Australia.
But wait…

According to 2018 Report, 30,000 Australians died of a sudden cardiac arrest (heart attack). And 7,500 deaths occurred at work. (according to the submission for the 2018 Review of the Model WHS Laws-30 April 2018)

Major known factors were: a chronic stress followed by poor nutrition, a lack of exercise and other not-diagnosed heart conditions. The Victorian Government has acknowledged the stress is often work related.

Sedentary office workers constitute over half of Australian workers, so statistically over 3000 office workers die at work each year, as a result of the sudden cardiac arrest symptom. This, however, is not included in the office accidental death statistics due to its complex nature. The stress may not be caused exclusively by the office environment. Also, there are other contributing factors due to personal choices.

Sedentary Behaviour

So, if you are reading this now, sitting at your office desk, you most likely work in the most dangerous job.

    Any of these factors can cause a chronic stress. Do any of them apply to your working environment?

  • Toxic Organisation culture
  • Bad management practices
  • Excessive job content and demands
  • Poor relationships at work
  • Long working hours sitting at the desk
  • Heavy workload
  • Boring work
  • Harassment
  • Discrimination
  • Poor relationships with colleagues or bosses

Are deaths due to the heart attack work related?

It is not totally clear, it all depends on the working environment and your personal health risks.

  • Are you sitting more than 6 hours at your desk?
  • Is your office environment chronically stressful?
  • Has your doctor assessed you as as high risk for heart disease or diabetes?

If the answer to one or more of the above question is YES, you are a sterssed sedentary person. And, you are well on the way to developing one or more sedentary diseases in your 50’s.In fact your chance to get there is 50 percent.

If you had 50 percent chance of a car accident, you would average a prank every second day.

If so, would you care to take-up a car accident insurance?

Risks of a Death in the Office

If you are still long away from your 50’s, then consider the risk of the sedentary death syndrome (SeDS) due to an excessive sitting. A 40 years old office worker clocks in 30 years of sitting... This translates to 69,000 plus hours of sitting... Imagine an enormous amount of stress on your body and unprecedented in 300,000 years history of human evolution.

Every extra hour spent sitting, increases the risk of dying from a SeDS as much as 18 per cent. ( According to a 2010 study of 8000 people by the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute.)

That’s true even if you exercise regularly. The research shows that to compensate for 3 hours of sitting, one would require 1 hour of exercise, clearly unachievable even for an extreme gym junky.

An excessive sitting is the reason of early onset of aging in mid 40’s rather than 60’s for non-sedentary people.

Typically a 30 years old sedentary person reached the physiological age of 35.

A typical sedentary 50 years old is physiologically close to 60.

With a life expectancy of 85, controlled by the physiological rather than chronological age, the implications are obvious.

Most of sedentary office workers do more sitting than just hours at work. If your behaviour is like that on the graph below you maybe sitting 15 hours a day and this is truly extreme risky behaviour and a serious health hazard.

Sedentary Work Cycle lowers the Work Performance

The health hazard aside, sitting contributes to a poor work performance. The brain can sustain only about 30 minutes of sitting before its concentration and efficiency start diminish rapidly.

Within one hour, the body will respond with a strong pain to force you to get-up and move. The pain is the wake-up call helping to restore the brain to its full avilability.

An intensive sitter will experience 4 to 6 such events throughout a working day. This offers only 2-3 hours of effective work within 8 working hours. It is also very unpleasent but most of people get used to it.

Risk Countermeasures

The way to reduce a risk of death at work is to change to an active work environment, reduce the stress, improve nutrition and sleeping. This will also help to reduce the physiological age and stimulate neurogenesis (brain rejuvenation). A good news about the physiological age is that, unlike the chronological age, it can be slowed down.

The optimum way to create active work environment is to switch to working at a standing work station, regular exercises and measuring your effort with a smart phone apps.

Alternatively set a reminder to get-up every 30 minutes and compel yourself to a short stroll in the office. Find excuse and make the office mobility (movement) your bottom step in your hierarchy of needs.

How to Recognize Symptoms of Work-Related Stress

The signs or symptoms of work-related stress can be physical, psychological and behavioural. Safe Work Australia lists these as follows.

    Physical symptoms include:

  • Fatigue
  • Muscular tension
  • Headaches
  • Heart palpitations
  • Sleeping difficulties, such as insomnia
  • Gastrointestinal upsets, such as diarrhoea or constipation
  • Dermatological disorders
    Psychological symptoms include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Discouragement
  • Irritability
  • pessimism
  • Feelings of being overwhelmed and unable to cope
  • Cognitive difficulties, such as a reduced ability to concentrate or make decisions.
    Behavioural symptoms include:

  • An increase in sick days or absenteeism
  • Aggression
  • Diminished creativity and initiative
  • A drop in work performance
  • Problems with interpersonal relationships
  • Mood swings and irritability
  • Lower tolerance of frustration and impatience
  • Disinterest
  • Isolation

Tony Olejnicki – an engineer, motivator and exercise physiologist specializing in high altitude training is the creator of the HiACHIEVR Program , an inspirational program helping professional working in an office environment to improve productivity and life quality by lowering physiological age, improving cognition and optimizing personal health.

TAKE ACTION! and Contact us for a free consultation about the personalized transition with HiACHIEVR Program to high productivity workplace.

How to Improve the Brain Efficiency and become Younger, Smarter and Healthier

By Tony Olejnicki | Creator of HiACHIEVR Program

The GOOGLE search for “how to Improve Brain Efficiency” while doing repetitive, creative or management work in the office, will offer advise from Wellness Gurus on motivation, brain diet, ketogenic diet, short naps, exercises, mindfulness, building strong connections and many more. These are all great bits of advise. However for an average office worker busy and stressed with competitiveness, shortage of time and financial resources they are impossible to implement.
All these advises are too generic, too complex in detail and require a serious time commitment for any sensible person being able utilize any of them, even in a short form or express version.
Ask yourself this question:
Has any quick motivational program or hyped up exercise styles or trendy diets worked for you in a long term?
Most of businesses implement office productivity tools and automation, protecting stressed employees from customer interface and shifting stress on customers instead. Alternatively, businesses outsource workforce abroad, often forgetting that a customer is the key to the profit bottom line. These will make a business more profitable in a short-term, however will make no one younger, smarter or healthier. As an example, consider banks ,telecommunication businesses and utilities just to mention some.
Imagine now, if you could improve your Brain Efficiency in a simple way and complete your work in half of the time available? There are progressive companies which do exactly that. They collaborate with employees for a win-win Wellness and productivity proposition and improve profits with shorter working hours.
How do they do it? Is this some other wellness gimmick for a psychological motivational feel good training?

Brain Efficiency and Productivity.

The Office Worker Productivity is closely coupled with the Brain Efficiency regardless whether you are doing repetitive or creative and inventive work. Human brain works at its best in the Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis (NEAT) mode, which makes a perfect sense considering 300,000 years of human evolution.

NEAT is a state of a continuous non-repetitive mobility at low effort level, where the body system uses fat as the fuel (Thermogenesis) to generate energy. In this state the brain generates complex and diverse neural activity to the muscles and it keep the body balanced in the upright position. It also monitors a feedback from proprioception sensors. The heart beats at slightly elevated level delivering an increased Oxygen level. This in turn energizes the brain and supporting cognitive functions. The brain is the heaviest user of Oxygen out of all human organs. It consumes as much as 25% of total Oxygen despite its comparatively small weight of about 2% of the total body weight.

Guess what happens when you sit down and stay sedentary in the chair focusing on your computer work?
It takes about 30 minutes for the the body to sustain the Brain at its full Efficiency before it settles to the resting state. The heart slows down delivering less oxygen to the brain so the brain enters a resting mode which also limits the cognition.
After one hour of a motionless sitting the Brain Efficiency diminishes to a level equivalent to the sleeping condition. If you have not dosed off, you will be prompted by the brain activity to a movement with a strong pain signal in your back, shoulders, neck or may be a cramp of your leg muscles.
As soon as you stretched your legs and took a walk to the coffee machine your brain resets to its full efficiency for another 30 minutes and the Brain Efficiency cycle repeats. Typically most of sedentary office workers would repeat this cycle 6 times in a day. As result, this offers a full cognitive engagement for about 3 hours per working day. The remaining 5 hours of the working day blend in to a low Brain Efficiency mode without most people realizing it.
Have you ever asked yourself any of these questions:
What have I done today?
Have you ever arrived to work by a car not remembering details of your journey?
Why am I behind the schedule despite working so many hours?

Becoming Younger.

Have you ever wonder why many people look older than their chronological age?
Often it is due genetics. For most people, however, genes by themselves determine predisposition only. The condition such as a ‘speed of aging’ must be triggered by environmental factors.
In the past we thought about aging as a static process determined by the chronological age. Since the science fully explored the role of stem cells, we understand that aging is controlled by the physiological age. The stem cells abundant and active in children and young people diminish with age, however they do not disappear but remain ‘dormant’ until activated and can be stimulated and rebuild any organ to its original state.
In 80’s scientists participated in BIOSPHERE2 noticed by coincident that caloric restriction diet leads to an organ regeneration. In another words, the hunger causes the body to use protein as a fuel and at the same time, it stimulates a stem cell regeneration when the supporting environment becomes available.
Take the muscles for example. You can rejuvenate them through an intensive exercise and nutrition like athletes and Body Builders do. For most of healthy people it can be done to most of the body organs up to 50. However for people with the lifelong commitment it can be done beyond 50.
Most generally healthy individuals above 30 are physiologically 5-20 years older than their chronological age due to their sedentary lifestyles and poor nutrition. The amazing thing about physiological age is that it can be lowered. NEAT with appropriate nutrition and daily exercise will lower your physiological age.
It is worth it and achievable for most people to engage in the HiACHIEVR process. It is a very nice thing to retire at 65 having a body equivalent to 55 rather than 85.
50 is a pivotal age and most people have opportunity to peak at 50 as a combination of financial status and physiological endurance and be ready to ‘climb’ their ‘Life Everest’.
The alternative for sedentary population is developing a sedentary condition. Half of the population over 50 in developed countries will develop one or more, totally preventable, sedentary condition such as diabetes, sedentary lifestyle cancers, hypertension, stroke just to mention few.

Becoming Smarter.

Brain stem cells also exist in adult bodies and can be stimulated to replace damaged neurons.
Similarly to nutritional deprivation stimulating muscle tissue rejuvenation, reducing oxygen concentration stimulates stem cell production in the brain and brain cell rejuvenation, Angiogenesis.
The research at the Sagol Center for Hyperbaric Medicine demonstrated brain tissue rejuvenation based on a revolutionary treatment of veterans with traumatic brain injuries. Following that, the treatment was extended to many non-combat patients. The revolutionary aspect of these medical studies, with the results supported by MRI brain scans of patients undergoing the treatment, are astonishing repair of a scared brain tissue and improving cognition. Refreshing fact is that there is no need to purchase any drugs.
For last 5 years, I have observed similar effect with my clients participating in our high altitude adventures, including myself. I have reported my observations in some of my articles but I was unable to link it to controlled research until I studied papers by Dr. Shai Efrati.
My original explanation stemmed from high altitude exercise physiology. I linked it to an increased production of red blood cells to deliver sufficient amount of oxygen at the high altitude effects. The observable effect of improved cognition and energy lasts a couple of months after returning from high altitude but the studies indicate even more long-term benefits.
NEAT system employed in the HiACHIEVR Program helps to improve cognition through consistent increased blood flow to the brain rather than Oxygen deprivation in low Oxygen environment. Hwever the HiACHIEVR program also offers a high altitude extension for all paricipants who successfully completed the HiACHIEVR program.
The HiACHIEVR Program protocols, based on a personal experience in high altitude training and the latest neurological research, leads not only to physical improvement in metabolism but also improves the cognition.
Tony Olejnicki – an engineer, motivator and exercise physiologist specializing in high altitude training is the creator of the HiACHIEVR Program , an inspirational program helping professional working in an office environment to improve productivity and life quality by lowering physiological age, improving cognition and optimizing personal health.
TAKE ACTION! and Contact us for a free consultation about the personalized transition with HiACHIEVR Program to high productivity workplace.

Occupational Health and Safety Risks of Sitting

by TONY OLEJNICKI | Creator of the HiACHIEVR Program

A routine and personal comfort are natural parts of a human behavior and need to be disrupted at regular intervals for healthy and productive life in private or professional settings.
There are many ways to achieve that.

There is a new epidemic of public health imminent but avoidable, the office immobility. There is so much evidence now that prolonged sitting is detrimental to the human health and it lowers life expectancy. In fact, sitting is more dangerous than cigarette smoking and alcohol consumption. It kills more people than HIV infection.

How will the legal system deal in the future with a negligent behavior of a business causing horrendous health implications to long-term employees?
What is the solution?

In 50’s and 60’s it was not uncommon to think about cigarette smoking as not only harmless but the chick and beneficial to thinking. Yet tobacco industry had the evidence how unhealthy and dangerous the habit was; they denied and withdrew the research results from the public. When exposed in 80’s the industry faced serious legal implication and costs. A similar battle is raging currently with the alcohol industry. The situation is far more complex because the alcohol consumption is so entrenched in the community’s norms.

Smoking and drinking are personal issues solvable by individuals however sitting have to be addressed by the businesses. The good news is that it affects everybody equally including office workers, management, and executives. There are no particular evil forces hiding or confusing information for some nefarious gains. So it should be easy to deal with. Whether you are an office worker, manager or CEO you really don’t want to develop the sedentary condition in your 40’s and 50’s, suffer over last 15-25 working years and retire unable to enjoy retirement to the fullest.

The sedentary behavior is insidious. It happens in slow increments starting with muscle atrophy, where muscle tissue gets replaced by the fat. This affects the levels of hormones and enzymes leading often to an irreversible deterioration of other body systems. The majority of office workers experience elevated blood pressure, cholesterol and sugar levels leading to diabetes, heart diseases and strokes in as early as in 40’s or 50’s, what suppose to be the prime time of life.

The human body has evolved to an upright position. A prolong sitting, no matter how ergonomic the chair is, weakens skeleton and joints not being stimulated by the movement. This leads to back pain, joints pain and other conditions.

The evidence is ocean deep starting from epidemiological studies, sedentary behavior studies, physiological studies to the evidence at DNA level.
Once acquired, the sitting complications are costly, difficult and unpleasant to deal with, they may be terminal for the victim and costly for the public health system. The positive news is that the prevention is really simple and cost-effective. The simple answer is the office mobility.

The mobility environment is not only healthy for the office worker but it is also beneficial for the business. The mobility not only stimulates muscular system but it also wakes up neural system leading to a better self-awareness (presenteeism), productivity, creativity and increased personal energy for the office workers, so they are alert all the time and don’t doze off during the day and in particular after lunch.

Transition to office mobility offered by the HiACHIEVR program is a systematic and sustainable approach with a high rate of success and cost-effectiveness.
TAKE ACTION! and Contact us for a free consultation about the personalized transition with HiACHIEVR Program to mobility in your workplace.

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Don't just take my word for it. Listen what world's leading researcher on mobility Dr. Levine says about a prolonged sitting and TAKE ACTION!

"Sitting is the next smoking" says Dr. Levine from Myo Clinic Research

Tony Olejnicki – an engineer, motivator and exercise physiologist specializing in high altitude training – is the creator of HiACHIEVR , an inspirational company helping professional working in an office environment to improve life quality and experience a motivational Himalayan adventure.

Employee Engagement – The Ultimate Tool for an IT Professional and the Leader

By Tony Olejnicki | Creator of HiACHIEVR Program

“Success as an IT professional and the leader is ultimately determined by one thing: how your performance is viewed and measured by your stakeholders.” says Marc J Schiller. “For today’s IT leader, nothing is more important than establishing a deeply engaged and influential relationship with your stakeholders.”

In a decade from mid 1990’s much of the investment in IT made by corporations was simply not productive. Diana Farrell, director of the McKinsey Global Institute says: "There was a lot of "me-too" investment in IT across a lot of sectors since 1995. Companies saw that their rivals had something new, and so they made these very large investments without recognizing that even within a sector, different competitive strategies mean your productivity could be driven by different things. But making IT investments in areas, that aren't driving the bulk of your potential productivity gains, is wasted investment."

From historical perspective there is a valuable lesson to learn from an article ‘IT Productivity: Measuring the Immeasurable’ published in 2007.

A decade later IT leaders are constantly being told they must “become more strategic”, often, this advice is given without much elaboration. It’s given as if “becoming more strategic” was a simple thing to do. And this guidance is given as if the benefits were so obvious.

In his article, Surprising Insights About Strategic IT Leadership, Marc Schiller explores what is all means and he offers 3 fundamental insights.

  1. IT Strategy Is Not About the Tech. It’s About the People.
  2. Your Stakeholders Are Not the Problem (Yet).
  3. Developing a Strategic Voice Remains the Biggest Challenge for Most IT Leaders.

So why are IT leaders struggling to develop and deliver this strategic voice? There seems to be something missing to connect the dots.

Companies spent decades helping IT leaders construct visions and strategies that energize their people, and get them a seat at the table.
Successful companies understand that digital transformation is one key in productivity improvement. Many companies forget or pay lip service only to the second and more important key - a meaningful Employee Engagement.

Tony Olejnicki – an engineer, motivator and exercise physiologist specializing in high altitude training is the creator of HiACHIEVR, an inspirational company helping professional working in an office environment to improve productivity and life quality by lowering physiological age, improving cognition and optimizing personal health.

Transition to office mobility offered by the HiACHIEVR Program is a systematic, sustainable and cost-affective approach to doubling the productivity with a high success rate.

TAKE ACTION! and Contact us for a free consultation about the personalized transition with HiACHIEVR Program to high productivity workplace.

Leadership – How to Motivate Your Staff

by TONY OLEJNICKI | Creator of the HiACHIEVR Program

Leadership is the influencing process of leaders and followers to achieve organizational objectives through change. The question is how?

Since Abraham Maslow’s defined the Hierarchy of Needs 70 years ago in his “Theory of Human Motivation”, the fundamentals have not changed. A leader cannot exist without followers so you have to understand how to motivate people to buy into your agenda.

Motivation is what makes employees act in certain ways. So, how can you motivate people in a simple way? Understanding people’s motives – their reasons for doing something, is the key to becoming a good leader. By fulfilling innate human needs in priority, culminating in self-actualization the leader addresses a theory of psychological health.

Although basic principles of physiological, safety, belong and self-esteem needs have not changed, the social, economic and working mode changed significantly since 1943.

A significant factor in human dissatisfaction today is the sedentary behavior. It causes sedentary conditions and diseases preventing 50% of the population over 50 to enjoy life to the fullest. Most people don’t realize that until is too late to turn back.

The role and the opportunity for a modern and progressive leader are to help employees to realize that and help them to find direction, motivation and the practical way to achieve life quality. It is not enough to let people know why. They already know that. We all know that the way to healthy and successful life is through a good nutrition and exercise. Yet most people don’t know how.

The transition from sedentary to mobility office environment is the best opportunity to empower employees with the engagement and leadership attributes. In a modern and progressive business looking forward to thriving and survive for next 5 years, developing a great culture of confidence, commitment, responsibilities, empathy, setting and achieving goals and teamwork, is an indispensable leadership objective.

The HiACHIEVR program designed to inspire employees to develop, embrace, and reinforce the best employee engagement and leadership practices through the physiological transformation. The program is based on teamwork with individual goals. It requires no strenuous exercise, just commitment and consistency like any business.

Tony Olejnicki – an engineer, motivator and exercise physiologist specializing in high altitude training – is the creator of HiACHIEVR , an inspirational company helping professional working in an office environment to improve life quality and experience a motivational Himalayan adventure.

Contact HiACHIEVR for a free consultation about the personalized transition with HiACHIEVR Program to mobility in your workplace. Send feedback or questions to the author tony@hiachievr.com

Maslow’s “Theory of Human Motivation” the Hierarchy of Needs explained

How the Body Awareness Enhances Creativity and Productivity

By TONY OLEJNICKI inspired by Dr. Michael Anderson

I was inspired by Dr. Anderson research documented in his book After Phrenology: Neural Reuse and the Interactive Brain and his explanation of modern understanding of how the brain works. I connected that immediately with work of Dr. Marc Hamilton on the office mobility awareness a basis of the HiACHIEVR Program. It was a Eureka moment for me when I fully understood how both concepts can revolutionize the Quality Lifestyle for most of the people.

Michael Anderson is a modern day Leonardo Da Vinci with a diverse background with no dogmatic views on what is suppose to be true. He started as a pre-med undergraduate at Norte Dame followed by a Ph.D. in philosophy and postdoc in computer science specialized in Artificial Intelligence.

The research by Dr. Anderson measured, quantified and applied new angle on how the brain works. He discovered that our minds are connected to the physical world by interacting, touching and manipulating things rather than storing things in ‘memory’ and recalling computer-like on demand. We are all familiar with a fallacy that we are using only 10% of our brain and this is why we have geniuses, who can use 100%. Nature is very efficient with resources so why should be so wasteful with the brain? And of course, it is not.

At first approximation, we know that the brain is a collection of very specialized organs dedicated to some very particular kind of processing or kind of perceptual mode such as vision, touch, language etc. The neurons connect and form partnerships, which can get stronger or fade. This is called neuroplasticity.
This was a foundation for a next step called neural reuse which explained how these specialized areas collaborate.

Dr. Anderson has connected these two stories in 15 years of research and discovered that these two mechanisms interact, collaborate and form sophisticated organizations which lead to the complex brain functionality.

Parts of the brain involved in things like motor control or basic perception are also important to the higher order of thinking like language and mathematics. It is well documented that the task of naming tools activates places involved in motor manipulation.

People with vision when reading Braille while blindfolded use vision parts of the brain but if reading with eyes open uses a different part of the brain.

The brain has some storage capacity and stores mental representations, affordances, for future manipulations. If we look at a doorknob we instantly associate it with a rotation. In mathematics, we solve algebraic equations based on patterns and precedents.

The chess player resolves his moves based on few successful patterns he remembers and associates them with the current pattern. He doesn’t need to remember a large number of patterns just a few making sense. The computer, on the other hand, relies on millions stored patterns and matches them a current pattern.
The language and mathematics are a collection of affordance manipulation tools. The language is super powerful as it allows us to manipulate each other affordances, which is going to change their behavior, including their verbal behavior. So our language development is deeply rooted in our social interactions.
Living in a frugal nature we face ‘USE IT OR LOOSE IT’ paradigm every day. This is why sitting in a chair for 8-10 hour per day leads to sedentary conditions and intellectual deterioration.

1 hour of vigorous exercise per day by no means compensates for 8-10 hours sitting. It slows deterioration process to some extent but it is too hard for most of the people and therefore not sustainable.
The HiACHIEVR Program design based on office mobility awareness studies and validated by neural research is a sustainable way to prevent sedentary conditions and improve mental cognition, creativity, and productivity.

Tony Olejnicki – an engineer, writer, motivator and exercise physiologist specializing in high altitude training – is the creator of IMA (Infinite Mountain Adventure), an inspirational company helping professional working in an office environment to improve life quality and experience a motivational Himalayan adventure.

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Contact IMA for a free consultation about the personalized transition HiACIEVR Program to mobility in your workplace.

An Innovative way to Keep the Body Young and Healthy

by TONY OLEJNICKI | Creator of the HiACHIEVR Program |

The ups and downs of the job and the stress from a competitive pressure are manageable in a short-term and even beneficial to stimulate the mind. With an increased pressure to ‘perform’ the answer is, an increased productivity.

There are many strategies for coping with the stress but eventually, all come to the same point, the burn-out and drudgery of ‘the job’. No matter how interesting and exciting ‘the job’ is, there are psychological and physical limits to any human being. Everyone needs to reset and maintain the system. It is like the computer with too many applications, it slows down, eventually, locks up and requires a reset. We all had this experience.
The computer reset alleviates the situation temporarily but the most comprehensive treatment of cleaning up unnecessary apps and performing maintenance on the memory and the registry is the optimum solution leading to the computer being ‘born-again’. It is like waking up your computer with a burst of ‘energy’.

The comprehensive treatment of the tired mind and body is the solution to the human being under stress. So no matter how ‘busy’ the job is a break to reset the mind and recharge the body is essential in the pursuit of balanced life.

To find a practical solution to reduce stress and improve the productivity it is worth to consider the science of exercise physiology.
The latest research in the exercise physiology clearly demonstrates an evolutionary need for mobility. The human body has evolved to be on the move all the time and the muscular system doesn’t tolerate immobility. The body responds to the immobility with a muscle atrophy replacing the muscle tissue with the fat, which has detrimental consequences to the health and longevity.
Excessive fat reduces production of hormones and enzymes essential to a healthy function of just about any human organ. This has even more pronounced effects on the body than smoking cigarettes. While smoking may have some stimulating effects on the brain, while killing the cardiovascular system at the same time, the immobility reduces brain activity and limits the brain capacity. The immobility limits interaction of body sensors with the external environment, a major stimulant to the brain activity.
The human body like a computer needs a constant maintenance and a periodic upgrade to operate with the efficiency, reliability, and consistency.

The body maintenance is a mobility stimulating muscular, skeletal, endocrine and neural systems. With appropriate nutrition, rest and mobility the body is an essentially self-maintaining system.
Imagine what happens with the body exposed to 10 hours sitting a day. The body literary keeps dying slowly and insidiously while immobile. The manifestations of the body deterioration are sedentary conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, brain diseases, arthritis and many others contracted from the age of 40. Over 50% of the population in the Western world experience one or more sedentary conditions by the time they reach 50 i.e. 15 years before retirement.

How would you feel retiring with a sedentary condition?

The periodic body upgrade is your annual holiday and skipping it is like neglecting a software upgrade. It seems to work for a while but eventually, it causes system breakdown.

An active adventure holiday offers the nonparallel efficiency of recovery. Adventure holiday helps with the motivation. It offers a physical stimulation, total relaxation, out of comfort zone experience, teamwork, and empathy. It stimulates creativity. The high altitude adventure is even more beneficial for the body and mind. A high altitude mountain bike ride or climb or even hike requires some physical preparation, where motivational benefits of adventure holiday play a vital role.

The stimulating metabolism altitude training is extremely beneficial to an endurance athlete. The high altitude modulates hunger helping to reshape the body. The views on a Himalayan bike ride or hike are stimulating, relaxing and inspiring at the same time through a sheer immensity of the Himalayan natural environment and the experience of a peaceful Buddhist culture. The climb gives an additional visual edge as well as the intensity of adventure. The HiACHIEVR Program accessible to any healthy office worker is a passport to a sustainable health and fitness and life-enriching experience.

It all sounds contradictory but paradoxically high altitude adventure is the most efficient and innovative way for a professional person to actively recover from the stressful office environment. It will recharge the energy for another year in the office defying comfort zone with a rejuvenating experience.

It is true, that all is in probabilities but the fact that we live longer and better in developed countries due to scientific progress is an undeniable fact; so hedging on science is a prudent course of action.

Tony Olejnicki – an engineer, adventurer, motivator and exercise physiologist specializing in high altitude training – is the founder and director of IMA (Infinite Mountain Adventure), an inspirational company helping professional working in an office environment to improve life quality and experience a motivational Himalayan adventure.

Send feedback or questions directly to the author tony@8mtb.com

 

Is the Brain Rejuvenation Possible

by TONY OLEJNICKI | Creator of the HiACHIEVR Program |

Despite sounding like an advertisement from a magic lotion blurb or Ginko Biloba pills label, it is a true scientific fact. In order to rejuvenate brain cells, one requires stem cells and environment to activate them to growth.

The research at the Sagol Center for Hyperbaric Medicine demonstrated brain tissue rejuvenation based on a revolutionary treatment of veterans with traumatic brain injuries. Following that, the treatment was extended to many non-combat patients. The revolutionary aspect of these medical studies, with the results supported by MRI brain scans of patients undergoing HBOT treatment, are astonishing brain rejuvenation and improved cognition. Refreshing fact is that there is no need to purchase any drugs.

For last 5 years, I have observed similar effect with my clients participating in our high altitude adventures, including myself. I have reported my observations in some of my articles but I was unable to link it to controlled research until I studied papers by Dr. Shai Efrati.

My original explanation stemmed from high altitude exercise physiology. I linked it to an increased production of red blood cells to deliver sufficient amount of oxygen at the high altitude. The observable effect of improved cognition and energy lasts a couple of months after returning from high altitude but the studies indicate even more long-term benefits.

So how and why does that work? The brain forms 2% of our body mass but uses 20% of oxygen and 25% of body glucose, a huge demand on other systems and organs competing for energy resources.

In 90’s scientists participated in BIOSPHERE2 experiment noticed by coincident that caloric restriction diet leads to organ regeneration. Another words hunger causes the body to use protein as a fuel and at the same time, it stimulates a to stem cell regeneration when a supporting environment becomes available.

Similarly reducing oxygen concentration stimulates stem cell production in the brain and brain cell rejuvenation, angiogenesis.

The HiACHIEVR Program protocols, based on my personal experience in high altitude training and the latest neurological research, leads not only to physical improvement in metabolism but also improves the cognition.

Tony Olejnicki – an engineer, adventurer, motivator and exercise physiologist specializing in high altitude training – is the creator of IMA (Infinite Mountain Adventure), an inspirational company helping professional working in an office environment to improve life quality and experience a motivational Himalayan adventure.

Send feedback or questions directly to the author tony@8mtb.com

Why is Everyone So Fat, Broke and Busy

by TONY OLEJNICKI | Creator of the HiACHIEVR Program |

This is the best steel I have ever done. It comes from the title of the book by Jeff Gains .
He asks these 3 questions about Americans and finds out that at least 65% of Americans are obese or overweight, 65% are in a bad financial situation and 60% by their own standards are busier than they ought to be.

So what is the reality in Australia?

In 2014-15, 63.4% of adults were overweight or obese. 2 million of Australians in 2016-17 are experiencing financial stress. 42% of Australians acknowledge that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but more than half (56%) are missing out on their morning meal at least once a week because they are too busy to have the breakfast.

The issue here is not about calling people fat in bullying mindset but to address the issue in a practical way to help suffering population to recover and develop sustainable living practices. It is a serious mind crisis created by the negative side of total commercialization of humanity. We all know that but the crisis has not risen sufficiently for people to take action. So what would it take to get to the tipping point for the population to take action?

It is all about psychology and perceived value and commercial mind may help us. It is all about choices. Why do we make wrong choices so often? And, how to change that?
Behavior produces results, so to change results one must change the behavior. It is as simple as that.
The behavior is driven by your brain: primal brain, the emotional brain, and deeply thinking brain. Jeff Gains calls them the Robot, the Emotor, and the Thinker.

The Robot, the unconscious part of brain drives your survival mode and is the happiest in a comfort zone of an experienced safety. The Robot receives the feedback signals from the body sensors. It translates them into thinking emotional parts of the brain. The Robot drives muscles to act in self-preservation to experience gratification and avoid pain.

The Emotor springs to action, when you are driven by emotions (urges, desires, fears). It is concerned with the present and requires a gratification without much delay.

The Thinker, reasoning and thinking part of the brain can see the past, present, and future.

The Emotor makes us see and act through emotions. We ignore contradictory evidence and fabricate supporting evidence. The Thinker can manage the Emoter. Hence most people try to fight or control their emotions, feelings, and fears. This is why they are unsuccessful because willpower doesn’t last.
How to control emotions? Simply put yourself in other's shoes. You will see reality in different ways and instead of going against your emotions you will follow your emotions and develop new behavior which in time will develop new habits. The jerk who cut you off is probably a jerk but it may be a person in distress taking his dying child to the hospital to save the child’s life.

If you felt better about the exercise you would enjoy doing exercise.
If you felt different about the food you would eat different food.

If you need to change behavior there is plenty of advice. Most of the advice is about the type of behavior and not how to change it. This is one most important reason why it is so difficult to change the behavior.

The HiACHIEVR Program is a 12 weeks practical course of changing and developing behavior for a sustainable and productive personal and professional life.

It is based on the most important principle to successful transformation synchronizing the Robot and the Emoter.

Tony Olejnicki – an engineer, adventurer, motivator and exercise physiologist specializing in high altitude training – is the creator of IMA (Infinite Mountain Adventure), an inspirational company helping professional working in an office environment to improve life quality and experience a motivational Himalayan adventure.
Send feedback or questions directly to the author tony@8mtb.com