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.
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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

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.

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