Boost for Mind and Body

April 13, 2015
Kim Bercovitz Fitness Breaks

Conference fatigue? Keep attendees’ focus with fitness energy breaks

Conference fatigue is a common problem for attendees who sit for a long time at meetings and conferences. Muscles tighten, posture becomes slouched and energy levels plummet as the day wears on.

This affects the brain as much as the body. The more tightly scheduled the program, the more tired attendees are—and the less able to retain information. What is needed is an energy fix to fight sitting fatigue and learning fatigue, as well as to boost concentration and alertness.

Traditionally, meeting planners use coffee breaks as energy boosters. While energizing for a short time, attendees end up feeling more fatigued once the caffeine and sugar high wear off. Light exercise, on the other hand, increases blood flow to the muscles and pumps oxygen to the brain, keeping attendees awake and alert for extended periods of time.

Some conferences include fitness activities such as group walks or yoga...

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