Corporate sports events boost employee engagement and wellbeing

From RunnerSquare we would like to share this recent article about Corporate Wellness published in the Occupational health & wellbeing blog.

Organisations including Royal Bank of Scotland and Dixons Carphone are using corporate sports events to improve health and wellbeing, as well as influence engagement, culture and staff retention.

RunnerSquare Against Sedentarism

Here, at RunnerSquare, we can help at the time of the Corporate Wellness programs management through our technology, a digital wellness hub that helps companies optimize time and money by easely launching, managing and measuring their current or future Corporate Wellness programs.

New York City Marathon Live Tracking

For those runners going on Sunday to The New York City Marathon, RunnerSquare provides a free live tracking system through RaceLiveTrack.

New York City Marathon Live Tracking

 

If you are a runner and would like your parents and peers to follow your race in real time, just go to RaceLiveTrack and Sign Up (while signing up, you will need to click on The New York City Marathon race to activate the real time tracking system). Follow the instructions appearing on the page, are very simple steps.

For your paertns and peers, you only will need to provide this link http://www.racelivetrack.com/newyorkcitymarathon to them and your bid number.

Enjoy and Google Luck!!!

 

 

Five Reasons Corporate Wellness Is More Important Than Ever

President Eisenhower established in 1956 that America is only as strong as the health & fitness of its citizens. If you would consider a country as a football team and its citizens as players, the most economical advanced countries in the world wouldn’t be probably in the top of the league.

RunnerSquare Against Sedentarism

US, for example, has a huge problem related to obesity and sedentarism, but many other countries are following. The cost of Public Health related to it is also huge, as the 5 more important mass diseases today could reduce it social impact by doing some regular physical activity.

Within this context, companies play a key social role, as is on the worplaces were people spent most of their time, and from there comes most of sedentarism, stress and other unhealthy factors.

But involvement of companies into this social responsability is not only a matter of reducing Public Healthcare Cost, but also a matter of company productivity and other benefits.

Forbes magazine published 3 years ago a good article:  “Five Reasons Corporate Wellness Is More Important Than Ever“.

This article describes the most important aspects to consider at the time of implementing a Wellness Workplace Program, and how it affects to healthcare cost.

From RunnerSquare we recommend to take a look to it.

Remember that from RunnerSquare, we offer to corporations a SaaS solution to manage and promote whatever activities and content related to health. Our solution, called RS Manager, is a 360º Digital Portal, fully customized, that allows companies to easely manage, promote, communicate and measure workplace wellness programs.

Ultra Pirineu measured by RunnerSquare Experience Team

Past weekend took place Ultra Pirineu race, one of the most tough Mountain Running races in Europe.

Santi Torres, the RunnerSquare CEO and Co-Founder, and Oriol Gifra (Co-Founder) from RunnerSquare Experience Team, were there and did it, measuring it with RunnerSquare app (available on Apple Store and Google Play).

 

Ultra Pirineus RunnerSquare Experience Team

For first time a sport tracking app measured more than 26 hours and more than 100 Km (62,14 miles) continued.

We took the apportunity to challenge our sport tracking app and compare measured data with Ultra Pirineu official race technical information.

Technical details (Official data vs Runnersquare measuring) compared

 

Race Official distance was 110 Km (68,35 miles)
RunnerSquare measured distance 113 Km (70,21 miles)
Difference: 2,6%

Race Official total ascent: 6.800 m (22,309 ft)
RunnerSquare total ascent: 6.979 m (22,896 ft)
Difference: 2,5%

Mobile used for measuring: iPhone 6 (2 Power Chargers were used)
Elevation data base: Google

Differences, both for distance and elevation were below 3%, which can be considered as normal due to different factors such how was officialy measured the race, elevation database used by the race organizers, etc..

Mobile was used not only for tracking and taking pictures, but also to provide Real Time athlete position using RaceLiveTrack.

Trail Running Gear

Used by RunnerSquare Experience Team for Ultra Pirineu

Trail Running Shoes: Sportiva
T-Shirt: RS Experience
Compression Shorts: RS Experience
Socks: Lurbel
Backpack: Salomon

Using above listed Mountain Running Gear our team experience a great race, without foot injuries. Special mention to RS T-Shirt and shorts (soon available for everyone through RunnerSquare online shop), both specially designed to be always dry, breathable, lightweight and comfortable.

Congratulations for this human challenge to all RunnerSquare team and all Ultra Pirineu athletes!

Physical Education Attendance among U.S. High School Students

The NPAPA, in collaboration with our organizational partners, released a new report examining changes in school-based physical education attendance among U.S. high school students over the past two decades. Findings show that physical education attendance has been below the recommended guidelines and notable differences exist between grade level, sex, and race/ethnicity subgroups.
Physical Education Attendance among U.S. High School Students
Key Findings: 
  • One-half of US high school students do not attend physical education classes-which is consistent over the 22-year period studied.
  • Daily physical education attendance dropped 16.2% in four years (from 41.6% in 1991 to 25.4% in 1995)-attendance rates have stabilized since then.
  • Attendance in physical education classes decreases steadily as a student moves from 9th to 12th grade.
  • Consistently, more boys than girls reported attending physical education over the 22-year period studied.

The Exercise Cure

This week Time Magazine dedicated the cover story to the importance of physical activity.  “The Exercise Cure” detailed the many benefits of regular physical activity, highlighting the idea that exercise is medicine.

The Exercise Cure

TIME health reporters outline 7 Surprising Benefits of Exercise.  Be sure to check out the full issue on newsstands, or with your TIME subscription.

Access to the article summary here.

Employee Wellness Program Ideas

Employee wellness programs have become a staple in many corporations as a way to attract top talent, keep them happy and productive, and decrease employee turnover. The key to having a successful corporate wellness program is by encouraging overall wellbeing while still keeping it fun.

Employee-wellness-program-ideas

We share with you the Snack Nation’s 121 Employee Wellness Program Ideas, as a good document to read.

RunnerSquare launches RaceLiveTrack

Today RunnerSquare has launched a new service called RaceLiveTrack. This is a Real Time Sport Event tracking system that allows to follow athletes in Real Time during a running or cycling race.

Real Time Sport Event Tracking System

Race Live Tracking

 

The service is free both for athletes and for race organizers and is available through RaceLiveTrack website.

The service aims to increase participation of athlete’s relatives and friends into races by providing a Real Time Athlete Tracking during all the race, not only giving split times on specific checking points.

RaceLiveTrack is very easy to use, and only two steps are requiered:

  1. Sign Up or login (with the same credentials as RunnerSquare member) at RaceLiveTrack to activate your next race.
  2. Use RunnerSquare app during the race, available on iOS and Android app markets.

New races are included weekly and as the service is new, there still many to be included. If you want your next race to be included, you can write to races@racelivetrack.com suggesting to include it.

Alfredo Corralero finishes 3.600 Kilometers (2.237 miles) Running

We are proud to announce that Alfredo Corralero finishes 3.600 Kilometers (2.237 miles) running around Spain during 2 month, achieving the “3600 Kilometros Solidarios” Challenge.

He started on 1th June from Tarifa, Andalucia, and finished last 30th July at Cap de Creus,  Catalonia.

Final 3600 Kilometros Solidarios - Alfredo Corralero

 

3600 Kilometros solidarios Route

*Press the map to see the route details.

RunnerSquare has been one of the companies supporting this Challenge and from here we want to send congratulations to Alfredo, his family and all the people that has been supporting them during this amazing run.

This Challenge is linked to a cause to build a small Helathcare Center in Guinea Bissau. You still can donate here.