Mark Cubit Mercersburg Academy’s head boys basketball coach

Mark Cubit Mercersburg Academy’s head boys basketball coach

by: Mark Cubit Mercersburg Academy’s head boys basketball coach

Stand up desks are all the rage as they have given rise, literally and figuratively, to our fight against the “new cancer, sitting for long periods. These desks have increased awareness of the dangers of prolonged sitting, yet, I believe we need to go even further to combat all of the physical limitations leading to perceived movement restrictions in our workspaces. A variety of movements “feed” creativity, energy, and focus over the course of the workday. We get more done in less time using simple movements at regular intervals that contribute to employee productivity and worker satisfaction. Often, as another bottom line bonus, health care costs and absenteeism decrease.

Creativity

To be creative you must change the environment. Historically another “space” away from work is where all new ideas take root. Movement in multiple planes even in the same spot changes the way we see, feel and hear things, in essence it changes our environment!

Movement variety in multiple planes (variety of movement feeding mind, body and spirit)) need not be complicated. Anyone can master the fundamental movements specific and unique to the specific stage of life, exercise history and current physical condition. Identifying where you are being important to initiate and sustain movement and is a most important step so that we can experience early success as a primary motivation to continue over time. Self-efficacy is a key as well in that people need to feel they can master the task in front of them. It must be enjoyable and it must show positive results.

Focus

The nutritious office can maintain and even enhance the corporate culture with a regular dose of individual movement unique to the employee. The movements need to fit the culture as well as the individual. We all know highly focused 45–50 minutes is often more productive than an unfocused 2 to 3 hours. Work is not measured in time but productivity. John Wooden, the great American basketball coach, author and teacher warns we should not mistake activity for achievement. Focus requires not only enthusiasm but a relaxed intensity born of the balance of activity and achievement.

Work drains us when it becomes redundant and repetitive. We need a new look resulting in a new feel. We need to reset, refocus and recreate the optimal environment for our best work! A time out, a recess, a step away. Think of the small meals spread out over the day that provide energy versus the Thanksgiving meal that leads to the lethargic “food coma”. An 8, 10, 12 hour day needs to be fed at intervals so we neither starve nor “fall asleep”. It takes planning but is not complicated.

Standing and sitting can work together but these are not the only two options. Variety of movement, creative movement that feeds focus, energy and creativity in a small space will provide a huge return on a daily basis while providing the creative workspace that may lead to transformative idea catapults the whole team to new heights.

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Mark Cubit is a Physical Education teacher in Greencastle, Pennsylvania. Mark Cubit was Mercersburg's head boys' basketball coach and was inducted October 2009.

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Mark Cubit

Mark Cubit

Mark Cubit is a Physical Education teacher in Greencastle, Pennsylvania. Mark Cubit was Mercersburg's head boys' basketball coach and was inducted October 2009.

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