Innovative Health App Designed With Physiotherapist Team Targets Office Workers Who Sit Too Much

February 01 16:48 2022

LATVIA – Feb 1, 2022 – Fitminder, helping users stay fit, healthy & productive while working on the computer, today announced that their Desktop Health Saver app is available to improve workplace health. Created after years of careful research, Fitminder reminds users how and when to get moving while at work and offers curated mini workout routines that can be done in the workplace.

For most people, work means hours of sitting at a desk. In fact, according to the CDC, one in four adults sit for longer than eight hours every day – with the average being 11. Research has shown an undeniable link between those who sit for their occupation and both higher stress levels and a propensity towards disease. Being sedentary leads to a build up of the body’s stress hormones: cortisol and adrenaline in the brain. This constant stress can impact weight and concentration along with the risks of heart disease, diabetes, back pain, headache, and eye strain.

Moving throughout the day reduces these stress hormones. Though standing desks are thought to ameliorate these risks, it has been shown they don’t actually decrease the negative effects of sitting. Gentle exercises that challenge the body and metabolism, available through Fitminder, can help users to remember to get up out of their chair throughout the day and enjoy less stress and anxiety.

The app is easy to use, making staying well at work achievable and even enjoyable. Users simply set their workout interval (for example, every 40 minutes), choose a workout from one or multiple workout groups (such as full body stretching or hands-only) and pick their virtual trainer. The workouts are shuffled each time to keep the routines fresh and engaging.Additionally, all the movements and stretches can be done in business attire in the office.

“If you don’t get up out of your chair enough, your brain can build up cortisol and adrenaline, activating your body’s ‘fight or flight’ response. Your heart rate increases, the blood flows away from your internal organs, but when you don’t encounter an adversary and keep sitting, your nervous system is overstimulated and you get stuck in this particular state,” said Janis Drobisevskis, CEO of Fitminder. “Luckily, there are ways to fix it. By getting up and out of your chair regularly throughout the day, you can reduce your stress levels. It’s hard to remember to get moving though, so this program could mean the difference between a serious health problem and your best workplace health.”

Drobisevskis and her team are experts in the fields of Physiotherapy as well as being IT specialists. Fitminder exercises have been developed in collaboration with a team of physiotherapists specifically for use in modern office environments. The exercises are designed to provide physical stimulation for muscles while also getting the heart pumping and are based on innovative biomechanics evidence. Using Fitminder has been proven to help optimize productivity at work, while also helping to avoid disease and chronic pain. Users can even find out how much sitting they are doing with built-in Fitminder analytics.

“In our survey, 79% of people thought they sat less than they actually did, for an average of 2.5 hours per day. Sitting for long periods of time can result in obesity, increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, abnormal cholesterol levels – all the conditions that make up metabolic syndrome. The anxiety and psychological stress alone is cause for concern,” adds Drobisevskis. “Our simple exercises work to stimulate the body’s natural mood elevators: endorphins. Users will think more clearly and concentrate better, save themselves from back or neck pain at the end of a working day, and set up a healthier future.”

Fitminder also works for screen-loving children. Fitminder trainer “Fluffy” is designed just for kids. The trainer’s funny, engaging and playful manner combined with kid-centric exercises keep children active, fit and healthy.

The application is free of charge and there is no obligation to join a program. Users can download the program from the website for either macbook or PC.

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Fitminder is a Desktop Health Saver for those who sit too much. Stay fit, healthy and productive at your working place or home.

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