According to the UK Heart Foundation's physical activity statistics report for 2012, less than 10% of people in the European Union regularly train or play sports.
So, although many companies have installed fitness halls or offer discounts for the fitness center, it is a pity that every 100 employees 90 have such dislike for the word "E" – Exercise! – that they will never go to the gym. This is a real concern, as the lack of activity is directly related to the risk of future chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases that are the cause of death globally.
This unacceptable and preventable situation is a significant burden on employers and employees.
In fact, IBM has recently announced that it will begin to account for employee health accounting as business expenses rather than as employee income.
This makes the clinical outcomes of high intensity interval training truly variable in their consideration in the context of co-operation between employers and employees for better health.
Clinical trials of some of the world's leading universities, including Duke, McMaster, Aberdeen and Karolinska Institute have repeatedly demonstrated the ability of very brief periods of high intensity activity to improve physical activity, insulin sensitivity and postprandial triacylglycerol, a well- factor for cardiovascular disease.
High intensity interval training is also the subject of a study funded by the European Commission called MetaPredict, which was widely reflected in the BBC Horizon report by Dr. Michael Mosley recently.
It is amazing that the health benefits of this high intensity interval training are equivalent to or greater than those provided by gym classes – the thought of which is the main obstacle to 'inactive 90%'.
HIIT protocols require metabolic activity in a person with maximum capacity, but only for short bursts of about 20 seconds, making them suitable for people of all ages, forms and fitness levels …
… And with such short periods of activity, high intensity interval workouts can actually be done in normal non-sweating work clothes.
The HiiT Room project was initiated by the EEHC LOGO to introduce this revolutionary science into the workplace by taking an ergometer with the same medical high-power (GRADE EXECISE BIKE) used in clinical trials and integrating it into a small workflow that also provides privacy for the user.
Dr. Stewart Gray of the Musculoskeletal Program at the University of Aberdeen's Medical Sciences Institute, a leading researcher in this field, has developed an 8-minute HiiT Room program a day 3 times a week to provide the same health benefits as demonstrated in clinical practice studies within the limits of the work environment.
… and these health benefits are significant with combined data showing an increase in insulin sensitivity of 23% and a 20% decrease in postprandial triacylglycerol.
… and all this for less time than a coffee break!
The HiiT Room is so comfortable! Every employee keeps at least three 8-minute sessions a week through the integrated booking and tracking system. To begin each session, the user simply goes to The HiiT Room, which is installed directly at the workplace and guided by real-time video, step-by-step, which ensures compliance with the HiiT Room protocol. No change of clothes is required.
It is important to remember that the HiiT room does not replace the gym. This is the solution for 90% of people who do not exercise and who probably would never achieve without the convenience offered by The HiiT Room.
The fact that the HiiT room improves the workload for the "active 10%" makes it a true 100% basic solution, encouraging healthier and more committed employees, while reducing long-term costs for all stakeholders.
And with 10% of the proceeds of research into preventable diseases, HiiT Room is a pioneer in socially responsible preventative healthcare through co-operation between employers and employees.
HiiT Room, co-operation between employers and employees for better health