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.


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 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.

Facts & Statistics about Physical Activity in US

We want to share with you some Facts & Statistics about Physical Activity in US published by President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition.

Physical Activity in US

  • Only one in three children are physically active every day.
  • Less than 5% of adults participate in 30 minutes of physical activity each day; only one in three adults receive the recommended amount of physical activity each week.
  • Only 35 – 44% of adults 75 years or older are physically active, and 28-34% of adults ages 65-74 are physically active.
  • More than 80% of adults do not meet the guidelines for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities, and more than 80% of adolescents do not do enough aerobic physical activity to meet the guidelines for youth.
  • In 2013, research found adults in the following states to be most likely to report exercising 3 or more days a week for at least 30 minutes: Vermont (65.3%), Hawaii (62.2%), Montana (60.1%), Alaska (60.1%). The least likely were Delaware (46.5%), West Virginia (47.1%) and Alabama (47.5%). The national average for regular exercise is 51.6%.
  • Children now spend more than seven and a half hours a day in front of a screen (e.g., TV, videogames, computer).
  • Nationwide, 25.6% of persons with a disability reported being physically inactive during a usual week, compared to 12.8% of those without a disability.
  • Only about one in five homes have parks within a half-mile, and about the same number have a fitness or recreation center within that distance.
  • Only 6 states (Illinois, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New York and Vermont) require physical education in every grade, K-12.
    28.0% of Americans, or 80.2 million people, aged six and older are physically inactive.
  • Nearly one-third of high school students play video or computer games for 3 or more hours on an average school day.

We created RunnerSquare to help you have a healthier life through Physical Activity. We think it is the baseline for a healthier lifestyle.

On other hand, we think workplaces should have a year Corporate Wellness Program, as work time is a long period of time with a high impact on health due to inactivity of employees. That’s why we have developed the most advanced and fully customizable technology for launching and managing Corporate Wellness Programs.


Connect your RunnerSquare profile to Fitness Apps, Wearables and Watches

As a RunnerSquare member, from now on if you are using other Fitness Apps, Wearables or Watches you can set up automatic connection with them. It means that once you set up the connection, your activity fitness data will be imported directly to your RunnerSquare profile automatically. We check out 3 times a day if you have performed any new activity. When found a new activity, the system automatically will import your workout data to your RunnerSquare profile.

RunnerSquare is an open digital platform where members can use their preferred measuring device or app. We like ourselves to be defined as the “Switzerland” of physical activity tracking data repository, as we do not belong to any commercial brand nor have specific branded interest as the major fitness Apps, Wearables and Watches have today in the market (as most of them belong to big commercial fitness or sport brands).

You may use RunnerSquare iOS or Android app, but in case you want to use other activity tracking device, you can set up  the Automatic Connect feature following below steps:

Important: Automatic Connect feature is only available on the website version

  1. Go to and Sign In
  2.  Press Side Menu Bar icon and click on SettingsRunnerSquare Connect Settings
  3.  At the new Menú Bar displayed, select Connect optionRunnerSquare Connect Settings
  4. Choose your preferred fitness tracking App, Wearable or Watch by pressing the Connect or +Info button and follow the instructions.RunnerSquare ConnectOnce you are connected, we will be updating your profile daily with your latest activities automatically.