Exercise Made Fun and Safe - Work Safety - Stretching Posters
America together we laughed at Yoga, laughed at Pilates, and together we were initially mystified with the balance ball and yet years later, we have embraced all of these fitness products/programs. So now what? Something even simpler. Laugh now but later you will see the wisdom - just as we have been empowered with new fitness programs, comes a revolution for the workplace.
America needs a competitive advantage. What if there was a method to reduce injuries and encourage exercise without substantial investment. Well, the good news we have that solution. It is a simple solution - encouraging stretching.
We all have learned the benefits of exercise. Through athletic programs and extensive research, we have learned the value of stretching.
Jack Welch - Organizational Change
"An organization's ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage."
Jack Welch Bio
"He was chairman and CEO of General Electric between 1981 and 2001. During his tenure at GE, the company's value rose 4000%. In 2006, Welch's net worth was estimated at $720 million. When he retired from GE he took a severance payment of $417 million, the largest such payment in history."
"A Lot of Stretching"
"The fight training was very extensive, a lot of stretching, a lot of coordination of balance exercises."
Jason Statham is an English actor, producer, martial artist, and former diver. Perhaps best known for his trilogy of the movie called the Transporters (he played Frank Martin and was responsible for the majority of his own stunts - Wikipedia reports he has made this his choice for all of his films). As you may have seen Statham in the Expendables where he played Lee Christmas.
Stretching in the workplace for protecting our muscles has not yet taken foothold in our workplace but like the many other programs and products mentioned above, the time is upon for change in the workplace.
Join us as we showcase over dozen different motivational and instructional posters to encourage stretching in the workplace. Journey with us as we provide specific examples of three types of stretches - static and dynamic stretches and also a new type of stretching exercise that is stated to be cutting edge called AIS - active isolated stretching.
Stretching on a daily basis can provide a competitive edge in the workplace because it has the power to prevent injuries, save money, make work more enjoyable both physically and mentally.
Stretching is the best investment you can make - both as an individual and as an employer. America needs to regain its competitive edge - whether it is McDonald's or Walmart or especially the manufacturing setting, we all need to stand up and stretch and feel better about ourselves and our job. One simple and inexpensive tool is to motivate workers to move and stretch. Posters can train us and can also motivate us to stretch daily. Stretching daily will improve our productivity. For you see, stretching prevents injuries and also serves to activate not just our muscles but also our endorphins. Come join with me now and see firsthand some great stretching posters for you to add to your workplace today.
Stretches for Construction Workers Wearing Hard Hats
Stretching in the WorkplaceClick thumbnail to view full-size
Where is Safety for Our Muscles?
OK, so we have the risk management programs and everyone has safety glasses, hard hats and reflective work vests but where is the safety for our muscles? We move, we work, we achieve but we leave our muscle behind.
We brush our teeth daily, we put our safety shoes on daily, we train annually on fire drills but where is the daily safety for our muscles?
Yes, this fitness professional is going to ask the question over and over again. If fitness is not part of your workplace environment, if the investment in training and time cannot be made, I can understand that leap is not yet there for your organization. But stretching - really? How can you possibly miss this great investment in both preventing injuries and in productivity?
If you care about your bottom line on your P&L, you must invest in stretching posters for your workplace.
"Mike Ditka Bears THE (1961-1966), coach (1982-1992)
The only Bears coach to win a Super Bowl, Mike Ditka has experienced championships in three different roles during his nearly 40-year career in the NFL"
Ditka Does Stretching
"I do some weights and I do a lot of stretching."
What do you think?
Can stretching improve our worker's safety and productivity?
Stretching Can Pay Dividends in the Work Environment
The American workplace ranges from large offices to large manufacturing settings and the majority of these sites now offer a comprehensive risk management program. Often the issuance of the safety manual is standard practice. The reason for this was the high worker's compensation claims and yet we have done very little for stretching in the workplace.
All this investment in programs and procedures and the simplest of things - stretching is not included in our daily workplace environment.
Stretching Exercises for a Safe Office Environment
Profitability Through Leadership
"Employees who believe that management is concerned about them as a whole person - not just an employee - are more productive, more satisfied, more fulfilled. Satisfied employees mean satisfied customers, which leads to profitability."
Anne M. Mulcahy
Benefits of Stretching in the Workplace
"Benefits of a Stretching Program: Worker’s PerspectiveEmployees may come to enjoy the ritual of stretching. They may find that stretching offers many physical and mental benefits including the following:
•Increased ability to perform everyday tasks at work, home, and play
•Provides a mental break from the work routine, resulting in reduced stress
•Decreased risk of Musculoskeletal Disorders/Cumulative Trauma Disorders injuries•Less joint wear and tear, and reduced osteoarthritis joint stiffness and pain•Improved reaction time, balance, and posture•Reduced muscle fatigue and soreness
•Decreased risk of joint stiffness and/or pain to the lower back, neck, shoulders, knees, hips, elbows, wrists, and hands•Increased energy resulting from increased blood supply and nutrients to muscles, tendons, and joint"
Stretching Posters for the Work PlaceClick thumbnail to view full-size
Warm Up Exercises for the Work Place
New research suggests that a warm up may be better for preventing injuries. As an added bonus, physical activity in workplace also in some studies has proven to increase mental productivity and creativity.
Warm Up Posters for the Work PlaceClick thumbnail to view full-size
Examples of Dynamic Warm-Up Exercises
- High knees,
- Butt kickers,
- Side kicks,
- Arm circles, etc...
"Management is about arranging and telling. Leadership is about nurturing and enhancing."
In the fitness world there is some debate over the benefits of stretching. Some believe, due to some new research that for competitive sports, static stretching may actually reduce reduce strength and speed for competitive athletes. Some coaches have now promote dynamic warm-ups.
The Best Warm-Up May Be Dynamic Warm-ups
The NY Times reported that jumping jacks and soldier kicks might be a better alternative to static stretches. These exercises are called "dynamic warm-ups" and serve to not just stretch our muscles but to get our heart pumping too.
Dynamic stretching is recommended after a 3-5 minute cardio warm-up. The goal is not length of strides and muscle extension but quickness of movements. So for example, when performing the high knees or the butt kickers, seek quickness more than muscle extension.
"The fight training was very extensive, a lot of stretching, a lot of coordination of balance exercises."
Types of Stretching
The purpose of this article is not to detail the many types of stretching exercise available but rather to offer the many benefits with the bonus of some specific examples to consider.
Please find in the table to the right, a summary of the three types that we have explored. Be aware there are several more types of stretches that we did not cover.
Analyze Your Needs and Design an Exercise Program that Matches Your Needs
It is advisable to retain a personal trainer and first educate the personal trainer on the various physical demands you must mandate from your employees. Once the personal trainer is brief, he/she then can design a warm-up or stretching program that precisely matches the needs of your company's operations.
Summary of Three Types of Stretching Options
Involves holding a position
Excellent to improve flexibility, often used in cool downs
Involves moving parts of your body and gradually increasing reach, speed of movement, or both
Slow, controlled leg swings, arm swings, or torso tw
Active Isolated Stretching (AIS)
Involved precise exericse to isolate muscles
Quick stretches no more than 2-3 seconds
Best Stretches - Active Isolated Stretches
Components of Cutting Edge Stretches
Pre-workout stretching session to allow you to work even harder but with less chance of tearing a muscle or straining your back or a joint.
Here are the components that make these stretches cutting edge:
- Completeness - full body workout
- Quickness - video only takes 2 minutes
- Simplicity - anyone and everyone can do this routine daily
AIS - Active Isolated Stretches
"The Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) method of muscle lengthening and facial release is a type of Athletic Stretching Technique that provides effective, dynamic, facilitated stretching of major muscle groups, but more importantly, AIS provides functional and physiological restoration of superficial and deep facial planes." source: stretchingUSA.com
Examples of Active StretchesClick thumbnail to view full-size
Cutting Edge Stretches - AIS Stretches
Speaking of stretches and to take it to the practical application. Beyond static, beyond dynamic is something that has been claimed to be cutting edge stretches - AIS stretches. AIS stands for "active isolated stretches".
The great news is and what is important to us in this article is that active isolated stretches work well for both the pre-workout for exercising and also for a physically demanding jobs.
To get us started is a video by Peter Carvelle of Six Pack Factory.
What I like about Carvelle's video is its completeness, simplicity and quickness and are these the components that we all seek for easy exercise? The author claims it is cutting edge and I believe him because it is very quick but controlled and yet in these few minutes you will have touched upon all the major muscle groups you will be working with in your next activity.
- Controlled movements (no ballistic)
- Do stretch 2-3 seconds then relax it
- Do 6 reps on each side
- Do for each muscle group
- Do before your workout or activity
If you want better results, give this new stretching routine a try.
Share Your Results
Have you tried the AIS Stretch for Your Warm-Up?
Colorful Poster To Encourages Stretching in the Workplace before activity to avoid injury
Colorful Stretching Posters
Stretch For Safety - Stretch for Mental Stability - Stretch for the Body and Soul
A proper stretching program (overseen by a fitness professional to get you start on the right track) will pay dividends not just in your worker's compensation but also in your employee morale.
For you see, stretching will not only help your employees muscles, prepare them for hard work (or sometimes mental labor) but will showcase your concern for their mental and physical welfare. In the workplace, it is the details that make you a better leader.
"Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things."
Do the right thing, start a stretching program today at your workplace - take the first step and order a fun, colorful poster to visibly show your commitment to stretching for safety.
Share Your Thoughts
Do you have stretching posters in your work place? If not, are you motivated to invest in a few good posters to help the physical health of your workers? If you do have motivational stretching posters in your work place, please share your success stories.
© 2014 Kelly A Burnett