Building activity into meetings

Part of a commitment to Total Health is to be active every day. Activity improves physical health and gives a boost to the brain helping attendees focus and creativity in meetings. Here are some of our favorite ways to build activity into even the most formal meeting or event.

Walking meetings

Just ten minutes can make a significant difference. We have maps for routes from the Center ranging from 10 to 30 minutes. Our team is happy to guide those unfamiliar with the neighborhood.

A walking meeting does not have to be a break from work. Assign attendees a question for the walk (or two, or three) and ask them to report out their conclusions when you return. Or, use the walk as a way for new colleagues to get to know one another by asking two or three questions of other attendees and reporting out fun things they have in common. These are just a couple of ideas, and our team has plenty more!

Commitment: 10-45 minutes
Best for: Groups of all sizes
Cost: Free

Walking meetings

The seven minute workout

The seven minute workout

This seven minute routine, first published by the American Society of Sports Medicine in May 2013, uses only body weight, a chair, and the wall for 12 exercises to deliver a high-intensity workout. Upon request, the Center has a private space available so your attendees can step in to complete the workout at their leisure during breaks.

You might also like the “Classroom” Seven Minute workout (doc to come), designed by our Medical Director, Ted Eytan, MD, to hone in on the exercises one can do in a meeting or classroom without distracting everyone else.

Commitment: 7-21 minutes
Best for: Individuals or small groups
Cost: Free

Corporate recess

Working with our community partner, Playworks, we offer corporate recess for visitors inspired by Instant Recess, the brainchild of Kaiser Permanente physician Toni Yancey, MD, MPH.

Playworks is a national nonprofit, dedicated to improving the health and well-being of children by increasing opportunities for physical activity and safe, meaningful play. Today, Playworks is the leading national nonprofit leveraging the power of play to transform children’s social and emotional health.

Playworks has adapted these games to build several options for Corporate Recess. These can be adapted and combined to meet various objectives, including teambuilding, diversity, In addition, you’ll be supporting communities around DC with your corporate recess!

Commitment: 20-90 minutes
Best for: Groups of all sizes
Cost: Starting at $1,000

Corporate recess