Research has shown that lifestyle programs are only meaningful if the focus is on less sitting and not just more exercise. An hour of exercise in the evening does not compensate for sitting still all day. If we then consider the fact that the average worker spends about 8 hours per day sitting down, you can probably better imagine the focus on sitting less. If the user sits less and stands/ walks more, the chance of developing physical and mental complaints (such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, overweight, back pain, (over)fatigue, stress sensitivity, burnout. etc.) is considerably less. Moreover, this results in a lower mortality.
The fact that we sit down so much has everything to do with automating our work and can therefore hardly be prevented. Only by making employees aware of the negative consequences of prolonged sitting they will be inclined to sit down less. The negative health effects are often long-term. They are not directly confronted with the negative consequences of current behaviour, which means that the threshold for change is high. Moreover, excessive sitting is a habit. Changing habitual behaviour requires behavioural change. To be able to change a person's behaviour, the person must be aware of his or her behaviour. This awareness will prompt one to consider change. At the beginning, we are all literally in the denial phase, so we need a tool that provides insight into our seating behaviour.
VitaBit measures whether the user is sitting, standing or walking on the basis of a small sensor: the VitaBit Tracker. This tracker does not measure where you are or what you do. Only whether you sit, stand or walk. Because the tracker can measure the difference between these three postures, this product unique on the market: other trackers only measure the number of steps or the degree of activity. VitaBit, on the other hand, has a unique sit / stand detection algorithm that also distinguishes between sitting and standing.
Moreover, the tracker is easy to carry with you, in your pocket. The tracker has a size of 39 x 14 x 8.5 mm and weighs only 4½ grams. The tracker is dust & water repellent (IP67) and charges in 1.5 hours (standby the battery lasts 90 days).
VitaBit measures the amount of sitting, standing and walking. Through an app, the user has insight into the generated data and is therefore confronted with his or her own sitting behaviour. This data is also visible to the coach with the user's permission, whom can coach the users remotely. This way we create awareness among users and we can change the sedentary behaviour of employees with the help of the coach. This will improve the vitality and sustainable employability of employees. For more information go to VitaBit Coachingplatform.
The user can view all his data via the online environment:
- - Insight into sit-stand-walk behaviour
- - Goals to be achieved/ already achieved goals*
- - Comparison *
- - Tournaments *
- - Notifications *
VitaBit can be used for both individuals and groups. By using VitaBit in groups, it is possible to challenge each other and to create shared goals. All options marked with an asterisk (*) are primarily intended for group use.
The VitaBit App has been specially developed for end users. The personal dashboard provides insight into the sitting, standing and walking behaviour of the user and compares this with the entered targets. The overview in the app is clearly and transparently displayed on the basis of a graph. The VitaBit Score in the app gives an impression of the current sit-stand behaviour at a glance: the higher this score, the more dynamic the user has spent the day.
Healthy and vital employees are the core of every organization. This vitality will manifest itself in a higher energy level, better task orientation, more job satisfaction and a better atmosphere. This in turn leads to a better ability to concentrate and a lower susceptibility to physical and mental overload. So less absenteeism and more productivity!
VitaBit gives both users and the company concrete insight into sitting behaviour, with the aim of providing insight into sedentary behaviour and promoting dynamic working.
To achieve optimum results with the use of VitaBit, the use of the trackers must be combined with coaching. VitaBit makes is possible that users can be coached, through the online VitaBit coaching environment.