Work It; The New All-In-One Shared Workspace is Better Than a Coffee Shop
Changing how we approach traditionally sedentary careers, the active office is here. And it is open to the public.
St. PAUL, MN, September 1 – Earlier this month St. Paul became the home of one of the world’s first movement-focused shared work spaces.
Work it, located just blocks from the Green Line, is a multi-purpose, dog-friendly, shared office space owned independently by successful businesswoman and previous owner of Downtown Dogs, Anne Hendrickson.
The two-floor, wheelchair accessible facility is unlike any other coworking space. While working at a computer, clients are able to walk, bike, sit, stand, or wobble using unique equipment from Lifespan Fitness and iSpace Environments. This offers users the ability to integrate movement and fitness into otherwise sedentary careers. And, they say, boosts creativity and cognitive function.
“You burn about 250 calories an hour when you walk. And get in about 3,500 steps.” Says Work it owner Anne Hendrickson. “When you sit you only burn about one calorie a minute, and zero steps. And your insulin production and oxygen to your brain slow. Sitting is the new smoking. But we have to make a living.”
Along with shifting desk jobs from sedentary to active, Work it offers a host of other amenities aimed at saving time and improving the health and work life balance of busy professionals.
Fitness equipment, showers, high speed internet, a full kitchen, active and traditional conference rooms, a privacy/lactation room all under one roof are among the attractions to independent consultants, small firms, remote, and itinerant workers. With its unique attractions, Work it has also become a popular off-site meeting destination for medium and large companies.
Work it is also equipped with a high-quality printer, personal U.S. mail slots, secure paper shredding, and public notaries. All available to anyone who walks through the door.
Work it staff believe in the active movement model – that listening to one’s body and moving while working improves learning, productivity, and health. And healthy individuals make healthy families and communities.
“This way of work enables people to be their best selves.” Says Hendrickson. “The movement improves your physical and mental health, and boosts creativity and focus. This leads to better sleep, which cycles to better days and more energy. And, with more energy and an inviting kitchen it is much easier to sustain good nutrition. The combination is powerful.” In the two and a half weeks Work it has been open Hendrickson has already lost weight and has more energy for her children.
Work it’s goal is to provide the tools and space for people to be more focused, healthier, and happier. And their vision goes way beyond the individual. “When someone is at their best they can be the best partner, parent, friend, coworker and community member.” Says Hendrickson. “If we all worked this way, and I hope someday we all will, the world would be a different place.”
Work it’s doors are open weekdays from 7am to 6pm and they are open to the public with hourly and daily rates. Evening and weekend meetings are as popular at this hot spot as business day. Affordable, month to month memberships add several perks, including 24×7 access.
The public is encouraged to take the virtual tour at http://co-workit.com/ and to take advantage of a complimentary trial day.
Contact Anne Hendrickson by phone at (612) 770-2520, by email at Anne@co-workit.com, or check out Work It’s facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pg/WorkItCoWork for more information!
Feel free to stop by at 635 Fairview Ave. N. St. Paul, MN 55104.
For information on Lifespan Fitness go to lifespanfitness.com
For information on iSpace Environments go to ispaceenvironments.com
Photos courtesy of Grass Lake Photography at www.grasslakephotography.com