Category Archives: lifestyle

Know you WHY

The Countermeasure to a Confused Corporate Culture

By Tony Olejnicki
Inspired by Simon Sinek author “Start with Why”

You can plan to achieve any objective but you need the energy and clarity of mind to achieve it. It is all about having the right culture and keeping it strong; the corporate culture which puts employees first.

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How Office Work Effects you?

By TONY OLEJNICKI

Do you know how many people in your business enjoy coming to work and spending 8 hours in the office?…

Statistically only 20%. Imagine productivity improvements if that changed to 80%. Scientific experiments and studies demonstrate that this is easily achievable.

So, what is wrong with office work?

After all, office conditions are generally comfortable: air condition, comfortable chair, ergonomic setup. It should be easy to work through 8 hours. The problem is the comfortable office chair encourages immobility.
Immobility leads to muscle atrophy, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and diabetes. High cholesterol is triggered by sitting, causing heart disease. These are real and unavoidable consequences of motionless sitting leading to lower life expectancy. Statistically, 50% of office workers will succumb to one or more sedentary diseases before they retire.

I understand that because I was there. I experienced high blood pressure and high cholesterol level despite doing all the right things. I always exercised 1 hour a day and cooked nutritious meals at home. I went through many tests, many doctors and cardiologists to no avail. I was told it is genetic and nothing can be done about it, short of medications. I tried that also.

I quit a good engineering job not because it was boring, but I was concerned about my health. I started the adventure company training corporate clients for a high altitude climb as a personal challenge. It made me happier but I still struggled with an excessive blood pressure and cholesterol every time I returned from the Himalayas back to Australia.

I came across a book by James Levine ‘Get Up’. This prompted me to follow research by the Mayo Clinic and Dr. Marc Hamilton, about sitting effects on the human body. Sitting is detrimental to the human health; in a way it is worse than cigarette smoking, and kills more people than HIV. We all have the opportunity to change that, otherwise, we will break our health system with the cost of sedentary diseases. Most will also develop a poor Quality Lifestyle starting in the 50’s and be continuing through to retirement.

Would you like to retire with a sedentary condition, diabetes or heart disease?…

Finally, I understood the reason for my condition and took action. I applied the research results to my case using a system engineering approach. Just changing to a mobile working environment, my blood pressure plummeted from 180/90 to 130/70 within 3 weeks. My LDL (“bad” cholesterol), as well as my triglyceride level, tested after 3 months, is now in a normal range. All that without any medications. So a correctly applied system engineering works.

I applied my system engineering approach and the exercise physiology to the high altitude training to develop Quality Lifestyle (QLS) program for office workers.

The purpose of the QLS program is to help office-based employees switch to a mobility working environment. This, in turn, will lead not only to a better health and quality lifestyle but more importantly it brings measurable productivity improvements for the business.

Did you know that every hour of motionless sitting in a chair lowers your life expectancy by 22 minutes?

An average office worker in western countries spends 8 hours sitting at work, 2 hours sitting while commuting and 2 hours at home staring at TV set or PC screen.

In Europe, the majority of people over 50, take on average 6 different medications a day to combat sedentary conditions.

Can you calculate your life expectancy over 30 years of work? Unsure? CLICK Here for the answer.

Tony Olejnicki – an engineer, writer, motivator and exercise physiologist specializing in high altitude training – is the creator of IMA (Infinite Mountain Adventure), an inspirational company helping professional working in an office environment to improve life quality and experience a motivational Himalayan adventure.

naturalofficeevolution

Quality Lifestyle for Office Worker

by TONY OLEJNICKI inspired by Dr James Levine – ‘Just Stand Up’

Consider your sitting day, typically 8-10 hours for most of people in developed World.

Do you develop sluggishness of the brain and wandering thoughts after a couple of hours in your office chair?

Most office workers do, no matter how much energy that you bring to the office at the beginning of the day.
You may have noticed that even a very cheerful and busy office becomes quiet a couple of hours in to a working day. On the surface everybody is busy focusing on the computer screen. But are they?

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Rafal Majka wins stage 11 Tour de France 2016

King of the Mountains-Rafal Majka

By Tony Olejnicki

Rafal Majka 25 years old Polish rider is undoubtedly 2016 Tour’s King of the Mountains. The pro since 201, he is a very durable climber and stage racer with his favourite races Tour de France and  Vuelta a España

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Biggest Loser

The Biggest Winner – Escape to Reality

Contestants of “The Biggest Looser” reality show lost tons of weight to regained it with the vengance. It is a valuable life lesson for all of us struggling in personal and professional envevours, and not only with the game of weigth gain and loss. Extremism in any field is a self defiting and self distructing short term burst of misdirected emotional energy and a sign of unresolved personal struggle.

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Real Fresh Food

Real People, Real Food are good for your Body and Mind

by TONY OLEJNICKI inspired by Dr David Richards ‘Being Alive’

There are 3 most important ingredients for quality lifestyle: food, exercise and the ability to overcome fear.

Lets start with food, essential for the health and the fuel for exercise however inappropriate quality and quantity poisons you insidiously and leads to poor exercise performance, low life energy and poor health.

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Creativity Physical Visual Challenge

What Being Professional and Creative Have in Common?

by TONY OLEJNICKI inspired by Austin Kleon ‘Steal Like an Artist’

The answer to this simple question is a complex one but extremely important for professional success.

Being professional means doing your job well with as few mistakes as possible. Being bounded by company procedures one doesn’t necessary have to be creative. In fact creativity may hinder your work efficiency. So on the surface it seems that professionalism and creativity don’t mix well.

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Ride to Lake Tilicho

Annapurna Circuit Himalayan Bike Ride a taste of high altitude endurance

Full Annapurna Circuit mountain bike ride is a very physical level adventure, which will raise your metabolism to levels you can rarely experience, the best possible gift one can offer to their body and mind. It is an adventure for experienced and fit mountain bike rider, however there is a way of combing trekking on the way up and a tremendous 3000m downhill.

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