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.

Virtual Triathlon Challenge

This month we challenge you to do a Virtual Triathlon (full Ironman distance equivalent).

RunnerSquare Virtual Triathlon Challenge

It is very simple to say, but not so easy to do.  Are you ready for…?

Swim 3.800 meters (4,155 yards) | Join here

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Ride 180 km (112 miles) | Join here

Ironman Cycling Challenge RunnerSquare

Run a Marathon (42 Km | 26 miles) | Join here

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For those who don’t like too much exercise, you can join to our Walking Challenge and walk 30 Km (18,6 miles) in May.

Enjoy!

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Backyard Cardio Circuit

Making time to workout can be difficult and sometimes traffic adds up to 40 minutes to your workout commute. Today we want to share with you a favorite workout of ours that can be done while at home!

The RS Backyard Cardio Circuit

  • 50 Air Squats
  • 10 Squat Jumps
  • 20 Pushups (knees or feet)
  • 20 Lunges (10 on each side)
  • Plank for 60 seconds
  • 50 Jumping Jacks
  • 30 Mountain Climbers
  • 25 Bicycle Crunches
  • 20 Regular Crunches
  • 5-10 minute jog around your neighborhood
    • Repeat Circuit 1-4x depending on your activity level

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You will be dripping in sweat and your endorphins will be through the roof after the first round! Challenge yourself each time you do this circuit to go harder, run faster and increase the amount of rounds!


Tweet us your thoughts @RunnerSquare when you finish!

Lifestyle changes that make a difference to your performance and wellbeing

We know making a change in your day to day routine can feel like moving a mountain but they make a difference and although some are more challenging than others they are simple enough to slowly integrate into your life. These simple changes make a powerful difference in your day to day health and performance as a new or experienced athlete.

 

Planning it out will help you stay on track, pick one a week or bi-weekly to begin integrating into your daily schedule.

 

  • Sleep is so important.  When you’re tired you are less likely to be motivated to prepare your meals ahead of time, exercise or even be your most productive self.  Sleeplessness can be quite counterproductive.  Try to go to bed at the same time each night, power down the electronics at least one hour before bedtime, dim the lights, ditch caffeine by 3:00, and try to rise at the same time each day.
    • We like to power down with a quick yoga routine or a nice book.
  • Eat healthfully: You know the drill! Shop the perimeter of the store (fruits, veggies, meats), try to buy organic when you can, keep your foods simple, look for items that don’t need an ingredients list, eat lean proteins, whole grains (if you do grains), and keep your diet heavy on the veggies.
    • Ever tried Kale Chips? Eating vegetables just got better. (Recipe Below)
  • Water: drink half your bodyweight in ounces – add more for hot weather or sweaty activities.
    • Slice lemons, cucumbers, fresh mint or even make some caffeine free iced tea.

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  • Exercise: some is always better than none.  Try for at least three days per week, but preferably five days.
    • Go for a run with a friend or by yourself to clear your mind, soak up Vitamin D and get some fresh air.
  • REPEAT! Consistency is key!

 

A healthy lifestyle is merely a series of healthy habits. We all have habits and routines we follow daily whether we think about them or not. Over time they become as natural as brushing your teeth – you feel off if you don’t do it!

 

Keep yourself organized so you don’t feel stressed out about adding these activities to your schedule.  Use a planner, your cell phone to help you keep a To-Do List or whatever method works for you.  Set up a rough schedule at the beginning of your week before you go grocery shopping or during the weekend when your work stress is at a minimum.

 

Kale Chips Recipe:

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PER BAKING SHEET:
  • 1/2 bunch kale leaves (if you buy from Trader Joes they come pre-cut)
  • 1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil or melted coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt, pink Himalayan sea salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 300F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Remove leaves from the stems of the kale and roughly tear it up into large pieces. Wash and spin the leaves until thoroughly dry.
  3. Add kale leaves into a large bowl. Massage in the oil until all the nooks and crannies are coated in oil — free moisturizer for your hands. Now sprinkle on the spices/seasonings and toss to combine.
  4. Spread out the kale onto the prepared baking sheet into a single layer, being sure not to overcrowd the kale.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes, rotate the pan, and bake for another 12-15 minutes more until the kale begins to firm up. The kale will look shrunken, but this is normal. We bake it for 20-25 mins. total in the oven.
  6. Cool for just a few minutes  and then eat immediately! (they lose crispness with time.)
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RunnerSquare Training Programs: Get out of that Running Rut

We’ve all been there before. Nothing is more plaguing to a runner than feeling as if you are stuck in a rut. Whether it is going your normal route, pulling on the same chafing shoes, too-similar-morning slumps or the frustration when you just cannot beat your last PR no matter how hard you try – we get it.

We at RunnerSquare, the running network made for runners by runners, have been there before, too. When we were designing our app, we wanted to make sure to provide all our runners with a way to spruce things up and break free from their mundane routines. That is why we created the RunnerSquare Challenges and specially designed Training Programs!

How does it work?

  • Set a workout goal and get audio feedback as you go to help you reach it (It’s almost as if you had your own personal trainer with you!)
  • Raise your RS Level by adding and improving your workouts over time
  • Compete for a chance to be in a top ranking position in the RunnerSquare network
  • Participate in RS Prize for a chance to win prizes
  • Use our complete set of Training Programs to reach customized goals
  • Track your running metrics with our Pace Calculator to measure progress
  • Interact and inspire other runners by sharing your goals, achievements and photos from your workouts and competitions

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You can set up your goals to get specific training and track your pace mobily and for free.

Take advantage of the Training Program and Pace Calculator features and many more to make the most of your running experience.

Download RunnerSquare for free on iOS and Android devices.

Happy running!

Runners Around on RunnerSquare: Find your perfect running buddy

Have you ever reluctantly tried to get yourself to go on a run and felt like there was no one else in the world who felt like running either?

Maybe you wished you could have somehow seen if anyone was running in that moment on some sort of map and been instantly motivated?

With RunnerSquare, you no longer have to wish. Our unique Runners Around feature lets you view other runners in your local vicinity on an interactive map updated in real time. You have the option to either view only people you follow on RunnerSquare or view all the people who are currently running with the app.

pantalla4When you click on the orange bubbles of runners around you, you can instantly view their RunnerSquare profile and learn more about them, and possibly support them if you already don’t.

Whether you just want to zoom in and see if anyone in your neighborhood is running nearby, or you are just curious to zoom out and see how many people are running across the globe from Paris to Sydney to New York, Runners Around is sure to encourage you.

Wouldn’t it be easier to get out and run if you knew fellow runners were also running at the very same time? Being encouraged and getting motivated is that easy now.

Take advantage of the Runners Around feature and many more to make the most of your running experience. Download RunnerSquare for free on iOS and Android devices.

Happy running!

RunnerSquare nominated for the Running Awards

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RunnerSquare could not be having a more eventful week. After officially launching the app earlier this week and sponsoring an HP race in Barcelona, RunnerSquare has been nominated for the 2015 Running Awards.

The Running Awards are an annual awards ceremony celebrating the best of running and its culture, from the best shoes and marathons to the most exciting apps.

Voting for the 2015 winners is now open, and we need your help to win! Download RunnerSquare, try it out, and vote for us online.

Happy voting, and more importantly, happy running!

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Race organized by HP, sponsored by Runnersquare is a huge success

More than 600 runners wait for the GaS race to begin. The race was organized by HP and sponsored by RunnerSquare.

More than 600 runners wait for the GaS race to begin. The race was organized by HP and sponsored by RunnerSquare.

Only two days after its launch, RunnerSquare is hitting the ground running due to its sponsorship of a race organized by Hewlett Packard (HP) which took place on Oct. 23.

On a warm and sunny day in the city of Barcelona, HP and RunnerSquare united their strengths to celebrate a very special day.

For the North American multinational corporation, today was the ninth annual celebration of their solidarity event, a race called GaS, which took place within Charity Week. HP also celebrated its 75th anniversary. At the same time, for RunnerSquare, today represented the starting point of a social network that will spark much conversation.

RunnerSquare gifted every participating runner with a hat and a flyer introducing itself as a social network created by runners and for runners.

The race, which consisted of 7.5 kilometers and started at 1 p.m., attracted more than 600 participants, a record breaking number.

Many stopped by since 11:30 a.m. to pick up their race shirts and the special gift of the race, a RunnerSquare technical runner’s hat.

The winner of the race completed the course in just a little over 28 minutes, an impressing time considering the demanding profile of the terrain.

Outside of the race course, there were countless curious people who asked about the new RunnerSquare application and showed real excitement and interest after discovering some of its unique and distinguishing features such as Runners Around and Travel Running.

We encourage you to check out our application and, more than anything, enjoy running!

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Introducing RunnerSquare!

Today, after more than a year of hard work, we are happy to announce the release of RunnerSquare: a social media community made for runners by runners.logo-whitebg

RunnerSquare brings the latest geolocation technology to your smartphone to help you measure your workout performances, advance toward your fitness goals and share your experience with your running community.

The RunnerSquare app and website combine a simple, intuitive platform design with tools to record, measure and maximize your runs.

With RunnerSquare, you can:

  • Connect with your fitness friends, racing teammates and the fellow runners you have yet to meet.
  • Post text updates, photos and videos to your running profile to encourage and inspire other runners.
  • Track and analyze the metrics of your workouts, receive audio feedback and use the GPS location tool to map where you move in real time.
  • Get introduced to other runners in your local neighborhood and around the world.
  • Find home stay opportunities with other runners when you travel for races, marathons and fun runs.

When we designed RunnerSquare, we placed runners first and metrics second — a key differentiator from how other running services think and work.

As runners ourselves, we share your passion for all things running. We know that a runner’s lifestyle is so much more than just the race.

Your running story starts with your training routines, favorite shoes, eating habits, good luck charms, traveling adventures and learning experiences along the way — all the little things that make your reason to run unique.

You can try RunnerSquare for free, simply click here to register now and start running. You can download RunnerSquare for iOS and Android from our website.

We hope you enjoy running with RunnerSquare as much as we enjoyed developing it for you!