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Flashmob Workouts in Project Space E

Every morning IDEO's 'Team Frank' comes together for a quick workout, both to build team morale and to get their creative juices flowing.

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Every morning, before doing anything else, a project team in IDEO's SF Studio runs a quick work out: squats, push-ups, crunches, and some wild card exercises like 80's step-touches and jumping jacks. Their first week they started with ten of each, and each week they add one more. 

They email a daily reminder with the song of choice to the entire office, so anyone can join – and when we hear the music pumping from across the office, we know it's time to work it. There's never any pressure to join, but the camaraderie and energy from that project space is contagious.

"Every time I hear that music, I jump out of my seat, put on my gold cape, and run over to join them!" –Em Havens, OpenIDEO's Meetup Community Lead

They have described many benefits from this team exercise:

  • These morning jolts get their juices flowing, arguably more than a cup of coffee! They can then jump into the rest of their day feeling energized and focused.
  • They all feel themselves getting stronger each week and are inspired by these tangible, measurable results.
  • This daily team moment lets them physically experience how they're learning and growing as a team. It's an all-hands moment where they both hold themselves accountable and support each other for success.

How does your workplace use healthy initiatives as a foundation for team-building? How can we use technology to activate a community around healthy activities?

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I love what you are doing !!! actually the first thing I do when I wake up is exercising to get that juices flowing !!
Ive been reading the book with the name of "the power of habit" the book says to form a habit you need trigger--> behavior ---> rewords , I can relate what the book says to what you do every morning :
Trigger is : song or music in the morning
Behavior : squats, push-ups, crunches ...
rewords : Jump into the rest of the day energized
Great routine !!

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