30 Ways to Reach Your Step Goal at Home

Focusing on what you can control, and taking steps to stay healthy is more important than ever. A simple way we like to stress less and feel better is by focusing on getting a healthy number of steps in our daily routines. (We recommend 6,000 steps or more.)

To help you get active, while also being safe, we put together a list of ways you can get your steps while practicing social distancing:

1. Take an after-lunch walk

2. Step while on conference calls

3. Walk your dog

4. Take laps around a cul de sac

5. Challenge friends, family or colleagues to virtual step competitions

6. Find fun vintage workout videos

7. Take the stairs in your house

8. Wash the car

9. Clean up brush in the yard

10. Take calls on walks

11. Walk around when you brush your teeth

12. Set your hourly timer to go off to remind you to take a lap

13. Make post-dinner family walks a new tradition

14. Play outside with your kids

15. Get up and walk between each episode or commercial

16. Walk around while scrolling through your social media feeds

17. Find a new local trail to hike

18. Dance to your favorite pick- me-up song

19. Get up to change the channel

20. Walk on the treadmill while watching your favorite show

21. Take multiple trips when doing chores

22. Walk in place while doing dishes

23. Map out a loop in your house and take frequently

24. Do laundry - take one item out of the basket, fold it, & put it away, repeat

25. YouTube cardio exercise videos

26. Listen to an audiobook while walking in place

27. Vacuum your home

28. Use a smaller water bottle so you need to get up more for refills

29. Power hour- challenge yourself each day to get in as many steps as you can for one hour

30. Walk around the backyard while your kids play

Did we miss any? What ways are you getting your steps in?

myInertia is now Motion Connected

Motion Connected has been a fast-growing company over the past decade. This growth has led to the creation of multiple brand names and products, which can sometimes cause confusion to participants.

To overcome this confusion, we will be streamlining the myInertia platform and the MC Hub App names to simply be called "Motion Connected". All the same great features & tools you've come to know and love will continue to be available, only the product names will be adjusted.

Current participants will still be able to access the site through myinertia.com, but new users will be encouraged to register at www.motionconnected.com/app. As we continue to make this transition, you might also notice changes to the external & internal website design & URLs.

Participants looking for our Mobile App will be able to find it searching any of the following names: myInertia, MC Hub, and Motion Connected, but the app is now officially named Motion Connected.

If you have any questions or concerns, we are here and ready to answer. 
Please email sales@motionconnected.com, or call us at 920.593.8868

Top Ten Workplace Wellness Trends for 2020

As we enter the New Year, it is a perfect time to reflect on our experiences over the past 12 months. What has driven success? What capabilities are clients asking for? What do their employees expect? How can wellness stay effective, or finally become relevant?

Here are the top ten trends we see emerging as we move into 2020.

1. Programs with defined strategy work.

Whether a world-renowned health system with 60,000 employees, or a construction company with 140 employees, the first trend we see is clear. A defined strategy for achieving success produces meaningful outcomes. In comparison, programs that check a box, or try to "boil the ocean" tend to fail. All wellness programs are not made equal – strategy and execution matter.

2. Strong leadership goes a long way.

The best-performing programs have strong leaders who are actively involved. This helps create program relevance, motivates employees to want to participate, and helps allocate necessary resources. “Walking the walk” goes a long way in delivering success.

3. Year-round behaviors are key.

More and more, employers are recognizing that a “point in time” program (biometric screenings only) or a program comprised of a few “events” dispersed throughout the year does not drive sustained behavior change. 

Engaging employees in year-round, high-impact, heathy behaviors is a key element of a successful program.

4. Affordable programs are being implemented.

Comprehensive digital platforms are often out of reach from a financial perspective, particularly for small- or medium-sized employers. Employers are more and more deciding to move forward with an affordable, limited program scope rather than “do nothing”. The good news is, we’ve found that focusing on the right initial behavior(s) acts as a gateway or catalyst to more healthy lifestyle changes.

5. Employees want to manage their own successes.

An increase in consumer experiences throughout other areas of life is helping to drive a trend toward self-management. Employees are increasingly seeking wellness programs that provide them with the tools to be successful “on their own time”. A great example of this is the Healthy Choice program at Cleveland Clinic, where employees with a slightly elevated BMI (27-29.9) do not want to enter a formal “weight loss class” or “coaching program”. Their direct feedback shows they are looking for tech-driven solutions that will allow them to self-monitor and reinforce positive behaviors.

6. Best practices are the practical solution for busy administrators.

While many HR teams we work with appreciate a program that can provide flexibility and custom options, there is a growing realization that having an evidence based “default” pathway is more pragmatic. Often, administrators don’t have the time and/or expertise to develop customized options for their employees

– even simple tasks such as challenge creation. So, we are being asked more frequently to automate our solutions around “best practices”.

7. Mobile-first is at a tipping point.

Today, two-thirds of our platform sign-ins are via mobile devices – smartphones or tablets. While it is important for us to provide solutions for all types of technology users, it is clear that “mobile-first” has reached a tipping point. Providing easy access to programs via our app and enhancing engagement through push notifications will help meet this growing employee expectation in 2020.

8. Trusted, local coaches form lasting relationships.

Traditional coaching programs that focus on a reasonable alternative to biometric outcomes or targeting high-risk employees have very low uptake. While many carriers offer these types of services, employers are expecting more meaningful results. A trend we see is toward trusted, “local” coaches who can create a personal and lasting relationship with employees.

9. The push towards effective communication with employees.

Whether it is wellness, benefits, or general company information, we see a strong trend toward employers looking for effective ways to communicate with employees. How do you reach a dispersed population who are increasingly “living” through their smartphone? 

Employers are looking for options that can provide a “mobile intranet” experience. AI driven solutions can clearly play a part in helping to prioritize messages and content. However, it is important that AI is in synch with human behavior – how many messages or content pushes are too many? What is viewed as too intrusive? We believe it is the solutions that get this mix right that will ultimately succeed.

10. Wearable activity trackers are the #1 engagement tool.

It is not surprising when you look at many of the trends highlighted above that more and more employers are choosing to start programs with a focus on walking programs – since the devices help achieve year-round behaviors, affordability, self-management, administrative automation, and mobile first. 

Being physically active is a high impact behavior that is inclusive, fun, easy to deploy, and provides users with autonomy. We see this being linked with the communication trend noted in #9 –what better place to message employees than where they are voluntarily coming in large numbers and engaging on a frequent basis? Without fail, activity tracking is the #1 element for all our programs in terms of engagement – whether that is challenge-based or personal progress.

Wearable technology is also the #1 Fitness Trend for 2020 according to the annual survey completed by American College of Sports Medicine.  Showing that employees/consumers are looking to wearables as they make healthy changes to their lifestyle. 

With these trends in mind companies will be able to make a bigger impact on their culture, on employees' lifestyles and on overall healthcare costs. 2020 will be a year where employers start to expect more from their wellness program.


We wish you and your employees a very happy, healthy, and productive 2020!

Jump-Start Your Activity Program With These 5 Tips

Joining the Workplace Wellness Movement is not only physically healthy for your company population as a whole, but it also boosts retention, job performance, attendance, and overall job satisfaction.

Taking on the task of implementing an activity based wellness program with hundreds or thousands of employees can be intimidating! You're not alone in feeling overwhelmed. Take comfort in knowing that this roadblock of intimidation can be overcome with a top-performing wellness platform and a little expert advice.

Here's what David Pauer, former Director of Wellness for the Employee Health Program of Cleveland Clinic, had to say about managing a wellness program with over 25,000 members.

David mentions a few key items to consider when creating your activity-focused wellness program:

  1. Keep the activity simple, like tracking daily steps!
  2. Consider making fitness trackers, such as Garmin or Fitbit products*, easily accessible and within the financial reach of each individual.
  3. Communicate individual and team progress often, with a centrally displayed leaderboard or smartphone application*.
  4. Incentivize participation with name-drawn prizes (based on participation) to even the playing field.
  5. Keep your wellness program alive with fresh monthly or quarterly activity challenges.

Interested in hearing more on 'What No One Tells You About Running An Activity Wellness Program'?

Download the full interview & listen anytime here >

*Visit Motion Connected's Wellness Outlet for heavily-discounted gear, available for purchase to Motion Connected platform users.

*Motion Connected's Android- and iPhone-friendly mobile application links with each individual's compatible activity device and displays a near real-time step count and leaderboard. 

Top Health & Fitness Gifts to Complete Your Holiday Shopping List

Top Wellness & Fitness Gifts to Complete Your Holiday Shopping List

Do you have a few individuals on your shopping list, and are looking to find that perfect gift? Scarves and mittens, personalized coffee mugs, and chocolate are always easy go-tos and appreciated. But what says ‘I care about you’ more than investing in their health?

Motion Connected brings you our top 20 health-and fitness-geared (in no particular order) gift ideas for the 2019 holiday season. Read ‘em and wrap ‘em up!

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Wireless earbuds that feed the listener’s favorite music at an incredible quality are sure to keep both feet hitting the pavement on a nice morning run. Noise isolating, up to 16 hours of battery life, and comfort are just a few of the best features of these must-have earbuds from Skullcandy

2. Fitbit Inspire | Shop now

The Fitbit Inspire can help you or your loved one get empowered to make a change and embrace weight and fitness goals with activity and sleep tracking, calories burned & more. Now available with a convenient clip that allows for multiple wearing options!

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Bring a whole new level of awareness to daily activities with the Fitbit Versa Lite. This lightweight activity device offers on-screen workouts, Bluetooth capabilities, smartphone notifications, 4+ days of battery life, heart rate tracking, personalized reminders, sleep tracking & stages, is swim-proof, and so much more!

4. Garmin Vivosmart 4 | Shop now

The Garmin Vivosmart 4 technology includes advanced monitoring of REM, deep and light sleep, and blood oxygen saturation levels. Easily swipe through heart rate, stress level, body battery, steps, and other customizable widgets.

5. Garmin Forerunner 645/645 Music | Shop now

Up to 500 songs can easily be downloaded to your watch and connected to your Bluetooth headphones. 5-7 days of battery life keep you conveniently charged to continuously monitor heart rate, step count, running dynamics and more.

6. The Belkin PowerHouse | Shop now

The Belkin PowerHouse is a charging dock that simultaneously charges both your Apple Watch and select iPhone models. It comes with a power supply and 4-foot cable, magnetic Apple Watch charger, and AC power adapter.

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This 32 oz. professional-grade stainless steel container features a wide mouth top for faster filling. The Hydro Flask is designed with a TempShield double-wall vacuum insulation to keep your water cold up to 24 hours, and hot drinks up to 12 hours. This water bottle is stylish, durable, and BPA and Phthalate-free!

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For kids and adults! This 27 oz. stainless steel water bottle has a simple single wall design and is lightweight, making transportation easy. The Klean Kanteen features a powder coat finish that’s four times more durable, chip-resistant and safe for people and the planet.

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Light as in light-weight or light as in bright? Both!
These reflective-trimmed gloves sport pockets that hold powerful, four-bulb lights that last for up to 10 hours for evening and night runs. The material is breathable, and will also hold cash, keys or other small essentials.

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Resistance bands are a great tool for those looking to get in a quick, convenient workout at home or on the go. They are lightweight, simple, compact, and durable. These stackable resistance bands and tubes range from 5-75 lbs and feature foam handles for a comfortable gym or at-home workouts.

11. FootGym 7-in-1 Foot Gym | Shop now

Get all your foot and lower leg stretching + rehabilitation in one device. Increase stability with exercises like toe curls, toe flexion, dorsiflexion, plantar fascia stretch, calf raises, calf stretches, and foot massages. This device can be used to treat plantar fasciitis, Achilles Tendonitis, and foot pain!

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Add a unique element to your at-home or gym workouts with a balance board! A balance board is a great way to improve core strength and balance. These boards are skid-resistant and made of wood material with a plastic balance dome for stability and safety.

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Foam rollers increase blood flow, massage your muscles, and are known to accelerate recovery. Use can also release tension in your muscles, enhancing your mobility. The deep tissue foam roller includes an exercise guide and features a durable hollow center to withstand repeated use.

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The PROPLUS 30 is Varidesk’s best-selling standing desk model. A two-tier design with an upper display surface and lower keyboard/mouse desk brings comfort and ease to your work station. This desk is weighted for stability and ships fully assembled. Posture curve and rowing lift allow for minimal impact on your back.

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Wool Runners are soft, lightweight, breathable, and flexible. Customers rave of comfort. Are they made with actual wool? Yes. ‘Allbirds’ states the use of merino sheep’s wool. It’s temperature-regulating and moisture-wicking without causing that notorious wool-itch. How would one describe wearing these shoes? “It’s like walking on a cloud”.

There you have it. Our top 20 wellness and fitness gifts to invest in the health of those closest to you this holiday season.

Why Your Company Needs a Wellness Program

Your company doesn't have a wellness program?

That can cost you. An estimated quarter of a million dollars per 100 employees a year, to paint the picture.

In a recent webinar we uncovered this statistic with Motion Connected’s Director of Wellness Strategy, Sarah Troup, and Brian Green, Wellness Sales Manager from Garmin Health.

Sarah noted, “There is a lot of evidence that not doing wellness in and of itself can be expensive…Physical inactivity alone costs $44,642 additional per year in health care costs per 100 employees.”

Here’s something you should know. There are many factors related to your employees’ health costing your company, including hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes, high cholesterol, and obesity.

These factors, as Sarah points out, often come down to lifestyle choices that lead to higher health care utilization. What’s more? The majority of these chronic diseases are PREVENTABLE with an engaging workplace wellness plan.

Hear more from Sarah in the video below.

Beyond potential money savings, providing healthy options for employees can also help your organization:

1. Be more productive and have fewer accidents

2. Have less absenteeism (as much as 40% less with a good wellness program)

4. Create a positive corporate culture

Interested in hearing more about the latest wellness trends and getting the most from a wellness program?

Download the full interview & listen anytime here >

Choosing the Right Focus for Workplace Wellness

Wellness can have countless definitions.

Whether looking at individual or group wellness, a wellbeing destination has many paths paved to reach it. From healthy eating and appropriate water intake, to emotional health and daily physical activity, choosing the right path for you or your employees to take can be challenging.

In a recent interview we sat down with David Pauer to ponder this topic in greater detail. David is a Health & Wellness Leader with over 25 years of experience, including managing Cleveland Clinic's Employee Health plan.

So, how did David choose a wellness focus for Cleveland Clinic's Employee to help foster healthier lifestyles their in population? Watch the snippet below to hear it in his own words.

Pauer stated the desire to use a positive engagement tool, as opposed to the typical restrictive dieting or reducing tobacco usage, methods that take away from the individual.

Instead, he wanted the chosen method to create a visible sign that wellness was in play, and a means to camaraderie and positive cultural change.

All signs pointed to physical activity. 

Why? It comes down to a few key things:

A wearable activity device on the wrist of each participant serves as an outward sign of an active wellness program. Employees are mindful of how often they move around the office throughout the day, and more inclined to grab a coworker for a mid-day walk.

A metric as simple as steps offers everyone a reachable daily goal, a sense of accomplishment, and a cultural shift to encouragement and even friendly competition.

Daily activity with wearables also makes it possible to be built into employee's routine around the clock, in the workplace AND at home, wherever and however they get active.

Lastly, focusing on physical activity provides powerful health benefits for the participants. An increase in energy, motivation, engagement, and a decrease in pain, stress, anxiety, along with strengthened muscles & bones are just some of the many perks of incorporating physical activity into a daily routine.

Interested in learning more about what it takes to run a successful activity wellness program? 

You can download the full interview & listen anytime here >